This blog entry about communities starts off with my take on Anglo-Saxon words. This isn't the first time I've spoken of Anglo-Saxon based words in contrast to Latin-based words.
In general, Anglo-Saxon based words are short, to the point, and are more grounded, simpler, more tangible, more earthy, more homey, more from the heart, words more from the gut. They are often single-syllable words.
Certainly, I favor Anglo-Saxon words. They are more meaningful to me. This is supposed to be true of everyone (in the English language,) although I don't exactly know why this is so.
Home has to be Anglo-Saxon. Residence would be Latin-based. Guts has to be Anglo Saxon. I'm not sure what the Latin-based word would be, intestines maybe. Dog/canine. Come/arrive. Ask/inquire.
Some Latinate words that I use don't have full meaning for me. What I am thinking of right now is the word community. I probably first knew the word as in Community Center, but never did catch on fully to the meaning of the word community itself. I'm sure I've used the word appropriately, yet the emotional meaning has never been there for me. Heavenletters™ has a Spiritual Community Forum yet, as I said, the word isn't one I've been able to fully grasp very well in my heart.
In my quick research, I could not find an Anglo-Saxon corollary of the word community. Club, group, team don't really do it for me.
Okay, so Anglo-Saxon words are more real for me. Please know that all this is leading up to something.
When writing fiction, I always choose Anglo Saxon based words. They are vivid and vibrant and ignite the reader's imagination and feelings. As a... general rule, words derived from the Germanic ancestors of English are shorter, more concrete and more direct, whereas their Latinate counterparts are longer, more abstract and are regarded as more elegant or educated. Such synonyms usually have a slightly different meaning, enabling the English language to be used in a very flexible way to express fine variations or shades of thought.
Anglo Saxon words are visual and direct. Anglo Saxon words have an immediacy and vibrancy that draws pictures in the reader’s head and engages him or her in the story. They evoke an emotional response in the reader. Anglo Saxon is the language of storytelling as it creates pictures in the reader’s mind, and involves their emotions.
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Now, as you know, Heaven Admin is working on starting a network called Communi-Tree that I am excited about, a network of sustainable, spiritual, green communities of like-minded people.
It was on New Year's Eve and Day this year (2012) that, through a blog, I got closer to what a sense of community means. http://www.godwriting.org/godwriting/heaven-admin-creates-community-wher...
This blog is about what seems to happen naturally around Heaven Admin.
Without anyone’s telling anyone what to do, everyone cut up vegetables or did something they thought of. This was beautiful to see and beautiful to be part of. Cleaning up was a cinch. No effort at all when it’s split five ways without anyone’s asking or assigning. So naturally, in a short time, the small group of us had, indeed, become a community.
Kudos to Heaven Admin for his relaxed state and for having such great friends.
From what I'm beginning to understand, a community is where there are friends who take initiative around a certain goal that matters to them and yet are relaxed about.
So here is my discovery:
We have a real-life community within Heavenletters™. I am thinking of how how so many Heavenreaders arise to the occasion. They arise. They appoint themselves. This is true of all the translators. The examples are endless. Here are just two:
Luus van Leeuwen, Dutch translator, translates a Heavenletter every single day. Even when she came down with the flu, she translated. But, not only does she translate, she takes it upon herself to note when a title I choose for a Heavenletter has already been used and lets me know. She saw a need and filled it, and, so, Luus just effortlessly glided herself into preventing titles from being used twice.
George Monta on the forum responds to posts other people make, and makes sure to respond to people who are posting for the first time. Beautiful.
These two friends of Heavenletters saw a need and filled the need without anyone's assigning it to them.
A community is where people show consideration and take initiative.
A well-working family would be a community.
I believe, when I taught school, my classes became communities.
And the groups of people who constitute Heavenletters™ are a natural community whose common goal is to grow closer to God and who pitch in to make Heavenletters™ accessible and nice for others as well.
I very much like being a part of this community.