Foreigners and the Danger of Regarding “Others” as Enemies

The word foreigner is in the news these days more than it should be. Our fallen soldiers fought for freedom and the rule of law. They would be turning over in their graves if they knew what Donald Trump was doing.

The word foreigner is in the news these days more than it should be. When Donald Trump called president Obama a foreigner, it aroused a sense of fear inside a decent percentage of Americans, a feeling that maybe foreigners were taking over our government. Trump’s fear-mongering expanded to include Mexicans and people of Islamic faith. But where is the fear of others in Trump supporters when it comes to Russia? 

Most US citizens consider Russia as a hostile foreign power, and its very suspicious that Russians are not touted as foreigners by Donald Trump. It seems, if Trump can make a buck with a foreigner he thinks they should be OK with all of us. I don’t get that. Most don’t get it. But so far, Trump supporters, including his GOP stooges, seem mostly okay if Russia influences our elections, policies and decisions here. And frankly, our fallen soldiers fought for freedom and the rule of law. They would be turning over in their graves if they knew what Donald Trump was doing – and so would our founding fathers. foreign

I like to use word history (etymology) to see if it can inform us in our daily lives. So today I ask, what was the first meaning of the word foreign?  

The way I figure foreign out is by dissecting foreign into its two basic parts. (fo+reign) The word reign should jump out of you. Reign is a regal/ruler kind of word.  That leaves fo- as a prefix syllable, which refers to foe.  Enemy of the king is clearly what a foreigner first described. Foreign was not a geographical word but a political word! Interesting right there. 

Notice how foreigner does not describe a foe of the people, but an enemy of the king or ruler, the one who reigns. And this is what is so dangerous about this word foreigner. There are now over 200 countries on planet earth. If rulers continue to sell the idea that folks from other countries are enemies, we could have 200 countries with 7 billion people who consider the vast majority of the people on earth outside of their own nation, to be their enemies. Couple that with the kind of weapons we have today, and you have a recipe for the end of civilization as we know it.

This is particularly sad because before 911, the world was trending towards a spirit of tolerance and understanding of others. The global celebration at Y2K certainly allowed a sense of global citizenry to peek its way onto the stage of the foreseeable future. But it was a false Messiah. The unity never really happened and then the banking crisis of 2008 exaggerated the general income gap between rich and poor. And that felt nothing like a brotherhood of man. Corporate greed was and is still in control on planet earth. 

Comparing the distrust level between nations in the WW2 era to 2001, there is no doubt that we had been trending towards more trust between peoples of “foreign” nations. That became more apparent during the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. And yes, Obama shut that down. 

But Donald Trump has already set much of the progress towards brotherhood back in time, and he aims to continue that reversal because if he loses in 2018, he knows he may end up behind bars. He knows can only unify a base with hate. He started with hate, he cannot switch trains. But nationalism, coupled with an impulsive ruler who is also a life-long criminal looking for a way to skirt justice for his crimes, is a downright irresponsible recipe for disaster, a speedy train on a path towards Armageddon.

Shame on his supporters. Granted, many of them just don’t know better. Like Trump said,“We love the poorly educated”. But much more shame on the GOP establishment. They are not poorly educated. They are in it for themselves – for personal greed.

We may all be foreigners to those who were born in other nations. But we are born naked and innocent. We must learn or be taught to be enemies to others. The smarter path is one towards brotherhood, not otherhood.  We certainly don’t need rulers here or anywhere else that actively promote lack of respect and empathy for others. No country can claim the sole right to nationalism – so this can spread, as it did during the 30’s and 40’s. 

The Danger of the Foreigner Meme

I am no longer religious, but one story from the Bible which I find very informative is the Tower of Babel tale. The lesson of Babel is that if we can’t communicate openly with each other, if we consider others to be our enemies, then we can not build our proverbial towers, which is a metaphor for progress. And there is so much progress we will need to make if we are to survive. Is that not challenge enough people? Do you really have anything better to do? A sense that other people are enemies was bad before we had nuclear and biological weapons; but it’s much more dangerous now.

People who live in different countries are not our born enemies. They are trained to be our enemies of course. And Trump is doing his best to just do that. The word foreigner was created by the ruling class, for the ruling class and its enforcement arm the militia to lure citizens into battle. Hitler said it about Jews. Foreigner. It decodes as “enemy of the king”. – And it is the kings, prime ministers, presidents, and dictators of the world that still promote that hateful concept.  It’s time for the global citizens of the world to rise up and lose the meme that others are enemies. It only serves the weapon makers, industrialists and undertakers. 

I prefer to latch onto the more salient of the biblical teachings. You know, the ones that are about the brotherhood of man. 

JA

Note: Post-writing, I found The OED finds that FOREIGN may have been related to old words for door, the OR referring to light, because there is light outdoors. It also says : 

English spelling altered 17c., perhaps by influence of reign, sovereign. Sense of “alien to one’s nature, not connected with, extraneous” attested late 14c. Meaning “pertaining to another country” (as in foreign policy) is from 1610s.

I’m sticking with that 17th century meaning, but accenting the foe part of the word.

JA

Analyze Contact, Collusion, Conspiracy: In That Order

And that’s where Trump and his entire team – right down to the Faux News team – are all clearly guilty. Because Russia wanted Trump to win. They even celebrated his victory. They are trying to undo the Magnitsky Act and get the oil drilling ban overturned. That is conspiracy. 

True, This! — Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword.                                                                                                            1839, Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his play: Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy

hump-t2I also believe words are more powerful than generally believed. A man’s words can outlive a man. They travel at great speed from man to man and lodge in their brains, inspiring actions. Words are contagious, like the flu. 

So let’s analyze three words we hear about Trump so that we are clear on what they mean to us: CONTACT COLLUSION CONSPIRACY

They all start with CO(N). English C-words trace their inspiration back to Stone Ages and the claw of a bird. That association was formed because bird’s make the sound CAW or COO and we were very attracted to their CLAWS which could CATCH things better than we could. Remember, we were hunters when spoken language began to take root, about 100,000 years ago.c-claw

The written C looks like a claw for that reason. English C-words are largely about anything a claw can be or do. Closure, contact, crushing ..etc. 

CONTACT ends in TACT. That has to do with touching, tactile. And that’s because when we say TUH there is a touching process in our mouths. So CONTACT means to touch together. Fair enough. 

sun-liftCOLLUSION end in LUSION. The other big word that ends in LUSION is ILLUSION. This is a classic L word. About 50% of L-words are about things that are associated with LIFTING and LIGHT, because when we say EL our tongues go up. It reminded the early talkers of the lifting of the arms we had employed to say LIGHT or LIFT before we got control of our tongues. LUSION is a for of LUX (the Latin word for light) and it has to do with LOOKING and LIGHT. COLLUSION just means “looking together”. It’s why it does not generally resound in us as a crime. It has a playful sense to it. 

 

CONSPIRE ends in SPIRE. In SPIRE we see SPIRIT. It means that two are spirited together.spirit But SPIRE can be broken down further. I use a sort of lowest common denominator method to get to the root of a word. PYRE is FIRE. And S often represents MOTION when it starts an English word. A SPIRIT is the FIRE what moves within us. When two conspire, there is a sense of wishing for the same things and then working to make them happen.

And that’s where Trump and his entire team – right down to the Faux News team – are all clearly guilty. Because Russia wanted Trump to win. They even celebrated his victory. They are trying to undo the Magnitsky Act and get the oil drilling ban overturned. That is conspiracy. 

And the order of business is logical as well. First, tip toe in – CONTACT! ( not a crime yet) Then explore if you see things the same way. (COLLUSION) Then, if there is accord – CONSPIRACY gets put into action. Enter Facebook, Google, fake news – and a victory that was not ethical, nor wanted by the majority nor even legitimate. 

Now, it’s time to pay the price for conspiracy with a foreign enemy to affect the US election of 2016. And that used to be called TREASON. 

Etymology Teaches Us Why Trump’s Delayed Responses Don’t Seem Sincere

The word “sincere” comes into English via French and Latin.  SIN in Latin means without. (sans in French) CERE means cerebral, head or thought. SINCERE means WITHOUT THOUGHT.  

When Trump spoke first on Charlottesville, it was off the cuff, without much thought. Those first words came from his heart. (Heart is not quite the right word here, is it?) Later, after speaking with advisers and reading the polls, he dressed his first words up, rephrasing them to appease more people. Those second words are no longer sincere, by the very definition of the word sincere. 

Donald also fails to have honor, according to the root definition of that word.  Honor means “one word”. The “hon” in honor represents one and the “or” represents oral. It’s that simple. When a person has one word they have honor. But Trump consistently and historically has been shown to reverse the things he says be believes in. That’s not honor. He does not even know what that word means. 

So, by the truest definitions of these words, Trump has neither honor nor sincerity. And for these reasons, he is not even qualified to be a public school teacher, let alone be president.

Disclaimer: Sorry to use that metaphor my teacher friends. Teaching is super important work. But there are standards one must pass to be a public school teacher. Do you think Trump could get a teacher job after Access Hollywood was released? Not! 

So Trump’s delayed consolation re Charlottesville seems insincere and his double talk ( as our parents called it ) has no honor. Without neither honor nor sincerity, Trump should not will not likely survive a full term as POTUS. And all those aligned with him will fall with him. This is why we see CEO’s bailing on DT right now. They are getting the jump on 2018. There will be no wiggling off this hook in 2018.  All aligned with Trump are going down, if he even lasts that long. 

Why does the letter B resemble a Butt?

If you have been following me, you know I view all English letters as hieroglyphs that represent a visual image that our Stone Age ancestors had in their minds and associated with the sound or the creation of that sound. The letter B poses a glaring example of this concept.

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Two Cheeks employed when blowing and making an exaggerated B sound

 

When we makes a BUH sound, we summon our two cheeks to sort of swell up and pop! Try it.That is the same function when BLOWING a poison dart or BUBBLES. The earliest B-words were associated with BLOWING, BUBBLES, BALLS and the concept of TWO (BI, BOTH).

The two cheeks also resemble a BUTT or BOTTOM. That association led to words like BASE, BACK, BAJA (Spanish), ALABAMA ( Indian). This association is not confined to English.

And the word BEAUTY comes from the admiration of the BUTT. In other languages you will find B-words to mean BEAUTY. BEAU, (Fr.)BELLA (It.), BONITA (Sp.), YEBUDA ( Korean) etc.

The BR words are about BRANCHING out (into two initially). A BRIDE is a BRIDGE of sorts.I imagine the first BRIDGE was a BRANCH, right? What else could it have been? A BROOK is a river’s branch. BREAST is a two pronged branch of sorts.BROCCOLI even fits in.

All English consonants first functioned just like this, and their shapes preserve the original meanings of those sounds. That must be because the scribes who created those shapes knew these associations, about 5-10,000 years ago, when writing began. Once writing and reading took hold, the need to know the associations went away, and in a matter of a few generations, that knowledge was lost to humanity. My book presents more of an archaelogical dig or discovery than a theory.

Deciphering the English Code reveals the building blocks of thought-word conjunctions in a way anyone can understand –  with simple visuals. Since visual language predated spoken language, it underpins our spoken words, regardless of language.

Stay tuned.

#3 Light Words

LIGHT WORDS

So if you see some logic in the theorem that some English L-words seem to be about things that are lifted in nature, and you think it is potentially non-coincidental that one lifts one tongue to say these very same English L-words, then you have one notch of proof that English is a Stone age language that has evolved into the world’s most known and influential language. I am aware that it’s going to take a lot more notches to convince many of you of this. Hang on. We’ve got plenty of notches on all the consonants.

So lets look through some English L-words that seem to be related to things lifted or lifting.

A levy lifts things up, as does a lever. A well is an elevator for water. (W+ELL) Oil (O+IL) is lighter than water; “o” is an ancient word for water with living progeny in French (eau) and cousins in English, osmosis ( water-motion ).

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Light is the ultimate light thing; it has no weight either, so light is light. That’s not a coincidence. You need light to see, so look is derived from lux, a Latin relative in the lifted L-word family. Of course there is helium, which goes up – and that is supposed to come from Greek. But helium’s root source is much older than Ancient Greece; it derives from the lifted tongue employed to create an L-sound. We’ve just lost the trail back.

Light travels in a line — and so a family of linear words was spawned which now includes words like list and limbo. Scientific words like longitude and latitude were created when we became more scientific, but the relation to the core concepts of lifting and light were never lost to English L-words.

A ladder takes you up. An elephant lifts his trunk. A loft is a room on high (and not low.)  A hill takes you up. A lens lets light in. A lid seems not to have much to do with light until you think about the first known lid, the eyelid. The eyelid stops light! (li+d) And the “d” at the end of a word (or a “t”) often signifies an end, as in end and splat.

And of course, life itself is dependent upon light. Humans have known this for a very long time, and that is why these words are somewhat similar.

#2 Do We Think in Pictures or Words?

Over time, the way we used our tongues to communicate led to a reprogramming of the way we actually thought, and now its hard to say that we still “think in pictures”. It appears to most that we sometimes think in pictures, but soon our minds gravitate back to thinking in words, which is the mainstay, especially when reading! Still, the words we are reading are living descendants of those original pictures that we thought in before we could speak . Our first words were simply descriptions of those images. In our first alphabets, we used actually images to form letters and scripts; hieroglyphics are actual images and Sumerian cuneiform is based on images. Once you understand the logic that generates much of the English language, one can decipher what those first images were by listening carefully to words, categorizing them into families and deciphering their roots.

Its also essential to understand that we thought in pictures much like animals before we spoke and we had been doing this “picture thinking” for 2 million years. Further, we inherited this method of thinking from our simean past, going back much further in time. One can not expect that the infrastructure to think in pictures has just vanished from the human brain. It has not. And we still consciously rely on it from time to time. It may even be that our words are just bridges to those images, and that we still think in pictures, but subconsciously.  Image