About a year ago Dr. and Mrs Epstein posed a question regarding whether the cis in decision is related to the scis in scissors. There was also some discussion about the process of making decisions. This latter part related to an earlier discussion regarding the present practice of allowing man made machines to do much of our thinking for us, including our decision making. Some thinking and deciding cannot be done by machine. The followimg text will support this fact.
I recall reading several times that the spelling of scissors was an affectation of French scholars. Such remarks always alert me to look more closely. When I came across -ascis- I knew it was time for a more thorough review of the Epstein Topic. Epic?
Dr. E. had remarked that a “brain storm” precedes a decision. Br is transformative being or being transformed and -ain is always about resistance. ST is one representation of the rune Stan and KN is another. These represent different aspects of stone which can be solid, granular, powdered, molten, hard or soft or in several intermediate states of existence. The individual letters st also stand for ‘spirit regulated’ a view that likely resonates with sculptors, builders and landscapers as the many variants of stone, including the slang word ‘stones’, form foundations for most everything. The -orm is ‘exchange, transformation, man’.
Cis- is wherever the head/ mind is at the time. Consider ‘Cisalpine’ which is any point one is at where he can view the Alps. The view changes even if one remains in the same spot. The way scis changes the view is by having both Spirit and Mind engaged -sc-: scion, science, scholar, school, scoliosis, scent, screen, scream, screech, scare, scar, scape, scalp, obscene, obscure, asf. Scissors brought to mind Home Economics class and the adage to ‘measure at least twice before cutting’. Scissors may have come from French through their Ash trait of making all manner of ‘fashions’. This was hardly just an affectation, rather more of a determination to get something just right. Once the scissors cut, the decision is decisive.
‘Fashion’ takes us to a related idea of fashion and scis-. The -asc and -ascis- as in fascia, fascism, fascist, take us into a grasp of the ‘cis, scis’ alternate point of view of some Ash-types who go to extremes. Over-doing is a common human failing as in the ascetic person. Though, it is not always a failing as it is often a personal decision. This brings to mind a quote from a famous designer when she was told what the the Nazis/ Fascists were doing: “No, no, it cannot be so -they dres so beautifully”. Out of respect, she will remain anonymous.
Having come back to ‘decision’, I checked to see if decision is or was ever spelled with an -scis. It isn’t and wasn’t however, I came across an obsolete [Obs.] word, page 494 of my Websters… which indicates ‘desitive’ is an adjective meaning ‘final, conclusive’. Desitive is also a noun and “in logic it is a proposition which relates to a conclusion”. It seems that the s of spirit resides in the pos- of the proposition. This says to me that a decision may be final yet, it may always be revisited if a brain storm breaks out and brings a transformation of viewpoint. The last sentence was a commercial for my ‘Project’. 09-17-’18 JOH
P.S. Cistercian is the new name for at least some of the Benedictine Monasteries -which were godmothers to the Peoples’ Languages.
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