Characters and Our Character
This started off as research into the word morality itself. Another little word journey and weaving a larger tapestry from it.
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“moral qualities,” “moral instruction; morals, manner, character,”
directly from Latin moralis “proper behavior of a person in society,” literally “pertaining to manners,” coined by Cicero (“De Fato,” II.i) to translate Greek ethikos. Latin mos (genitive moris) “one’s disposition,”
“arrangement, order; mood, state of mind,”
“arrange, order, control, regulate” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + ponere “to put, place”
from Latin positionem (nominative positio) “act or fact of placing, situation, position, affirmation,”
ponere “put, place,” from PIE *po-s(i)nere, from *apo- “off, away” (see apo-) + *sinere “to leave, let” (see site).
Morals are qualities of behavior, manner, character, disposition. Morals are an arrangement, order and create a state of being from the will to control and regulate ourselves. Placed apart from the unregulated passions, desires, whims, wants of the carnal, beastly, lower base animalistic consciousness. To affirm ourselves into a position and situation of higher order living in alignment with the Will of Creation, Higher Self, True Self. Beings who can discern morals are of a higher order consciousness and this sets them apart from others who are not capable of harnessing this force of Good to such a degree of potential manifestation. With this higher order consciousness, comes higher order creative capacities, for Good, instead of evil. This is the ultimate personal responsibility we have, to Truth and Morality, the force of Good. Failure to understand reality and navigate it with humility under Natural Moral Law will result in the creation of evil and devolution towards chaos.
“the science of morals,” “study of morals”
from ethos “moral character,” related to ethos “custom”
from Greek ethos “habitual character and disposition; moral character; habit, custom; an accustomed place,” in plural, “manners,”from suffixed form of PIE root *s(w)e-
habit, usage, way, practice, tradition, familiarity, from com-, intensive prefix + suescere “become used to, accustom oneself,” related to sui, genitive of suus “oneself,” from PIE *swe– “oneself” (idiom)
from idioumai “to appropriate to oneself,” from idios “personal, private,” properly “particular to oneself,”
Ethics is the study or science of morals, the arrangement and order of rules that sets moral apart from immoral, truth apart from falsity, reality apart from unreality. Ethics are now associated with the socially constructed customs, manners and traditions in this larger context of setting standards in society for people to live in “harmony” and “integrate” well. Ethic and custom are rooted in an earlier word *swe- which is the meaning of idiom, appropriate to oneself, make particular to you. If the one setting the standard of so-called ethics or custom is wrong and no one corrects it, then it continues to be wrong. This is the case with human societies everywhere, to varying degrees of immorality. Each person is capable of knowing morality and possibly knowing it deeper than others who think they know it deeply. Yet, few embark on this journey toward Truth, Morality and greater self-realization.
Greek kharakter “engraved mark,” also “symbol or imprint on the soul,” from kharassein “to engrave,” from kharax “pointed stake,” from PIE root *gher- (4) “to scrape, scratch.”
Character is a part of our nature, what matters. Character is multiple as well, we have a character, but its not singular in scope. These are the characteristics, attributes, properties and qualities we have that make us who we currently are. Language has symbols that have characters of their own. They represent aspects of reality. As a character can be marked onto something, so too are we marked. Character can be applied as a way to view ourselves, the soul, in terms of the qualities of consciousness we currently have. They are marks of identity which define aspects of reality or ourselves. These are qualities that are scraped or scratched onto us or objects in reality, unseen marks, like could be done with a pointed stake and engraved onto some surface such as clay. The engravings can also be changed, as our consciousness can evolve or devolve, and we can alter the environment to create new things.
c.1200, “kind, sort, variety,” Old French maniere “fashion, method, manner, way; appearance, bearing; custom” from fem. of Latin manuarius “belonging to the hand,” from manus “hand, strength, power over; armed force; handwriting,” from PIE *man- (2) ” (cognate: Old English mund “hand, protection, guardian [hold is also guard, protect])
“carrying of oneself, deportment,” bear (v.)
Old English beran “to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear”, from PIE root *bher- (1) meaning both “give birth“and “carry a burden, bring” (more info in infer from Bearing Good and Evil).
from Latin carrum
from PIE *krsos, from root *kers- “to run”
“running, flowing,” from Old French corant “running, lively, eager, swift,” from Latin currere “to run, move quickly” (of persons or things), from PIE *kers- “to run”
from de- “from, off” (see de-) + porter “to carry,”
from PIE *prtu- “a going, a passage,” from root *per- (2) “to lead, pass over”
cognate: Greek poros “journey, passage, way,” peirein “to pierce, run through;”
Manner is action and behavior. The kind of, sort of, variety of action. Actions fashion, actions imbue a method, a manner, a way of doing. Your actions represent who you are, your true appearance to others. What you carry on oneself, what you bear, by default, without any actual object, is your character, your actions. This is also known as our behavior. Manner also relates to hand, and what the hand can do, such as create, protect and guard but also possess and own through active control. Character has to do with the particular aspects of our being as we currently are, that are scratched and scraped onto us right now that we continue to be, and manner has to do with the action or behavior that results from that condition of being. The actions and behaviors are what we carry, what we give birth to from consciousness, as what we represent on our journey and way, the passage through existence. Behavior, action, the culmination of the trinity of consciousness from thought and emotion, is what we run through and pierce reality with. It is how we make our mark to change things for the better, or for the worse.
The way can have power over you if you don’t walk in the right way. Custom and tradition are the negative ways of unthinking acceptance of social familiarity and are the falsity of the wrong way for the most part.
Middle English havour “possession,” a word altered (by influence of have)
have in sense of “to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport”
Old English habban “to own, possess; be subject to, experience,” from PIE *kap- “to grasp” (capable)
word-forming element with a wide range of meaning: “thoroughly, completely; to make, cause seem; to provide with; at, on, to, for,”
from past participle of PIE *aik- “to be master of, possess,” source of Old English agan “to have”
from Latin possess-, past participle stem of possidere “to have and hold, possess, be master of, own,” from potis “able, powerful” + esse “to be”
from potis “powerful, able, capable; possible;” of persons, “better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost,” from PIE root *poti- “powerful, lord” (cognates: Sanskrit patih “master, husband,” Greek posis, Lithuanian patis “husband”)
from Latin potentia “power, might, force;”
Behavior is your possession that you enact and manifest into reality. Be-have, own, possess, grasp yourself, in your own hands, by your own actions, possess yourself and own yourself, self-ownership, self-governance, self-rulership, sovereign. You are subject to your behavior. It is the measure of your experience in reality, the affect you have on reality as an experience. Behavior is what is possessed by a causal agent. The causal agent behaves in certain ways through their action expression of consciousness. The causal agent possesses behavior, the actions they possess that reflects the way they behave. The way we be-have is what we possess, grasp, hold, own, experience (have) very much of, thoroughly (be), more so than any actual object we could grasp. The actions we choose to engage in are representative of our level of consciousness. Actions are the most grasped and held in possession of anything we can grasp and hold with our hands. Actions are done with the hands for the most part, as well as speaking in less direct manner of affecting reality. Most actions comes from the hands. They are the tools for the body to manipulate reality with. We grasp the most with our minds even more so than our hands, but we are talking about physical actions here. Be is not ‘to be’ verb. Be-have is to thoroughly and completely have, grasp, possess, own, hold, etc. The only thing we have completely in each case, and forever, are actions and behaviors that we create and manifest of our own free will. We have, own and bear the weight of our actions – behavior.
What we have in our hands is in our power, we are master of it. Our hands gives us the power of many potential possibilities. That which we grasp can provide us with additional power. The things we grasp in our minds can especially provide us with additional power over reality and others through the manipulation of objects in reality and the word of language representing reality. People can become delusional and grasp, hold, and try to become master of things that are not in their right to do. We think our grasp and hold of something gives us the right to enforce “might makes right” control, domination and enslavement of innocent sentient interactive living beings (all animals).
right (v.): “to straighten, rule, set up, set right, amend; guide, govern; restore, replace,”
right (adj.1): “morally correct,” Old English riht “just, good, fair; proper, fitting; straight, not bent, direct, erect,” from PIE root *reg- “move in a straight line,” also “to rule, to lead straight, to put right”
Compare slang straight (adj.1) “honest, morally upright,” and Latin rectus “right,” literally “straight,” Lithuanian teisus “right, true,” literally “straight.”
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=tension (tenet, hold, grasp)
Right is not wrong, not bent, it is straight and erect, proper, fair and just. We are supposed to be replacing the wrongs, the evil, with right and good, to be restoring ourselves with what is Right, Good and True. The more we align and unite with Truth and Morality, the more we self-govern ourselves, to direct, control and regulate our behavior set apart from the falsity we are accustomed and normalized to.
right -> straight -> stretch -> tight -> tension
Explaining things (to define a thing, make level, flatten), is to stretch out (spread out, reach, extend) towards parts of reality, grasp them, and describe what you grasp, and then you flatten them out in your mind to see what its attributes are to identify it as what it is and form a definition.
There is a pressure (pushing) when we show the light of Truth to the falsity people are attached to. We are stretching them away from falsity with the tension of Truth. There is resistance. Both to the impact of Truth in pressure, and to the tensional Truth that grasps onto us and is pulling us away from falsity, is met with resistance from the attachemnt to our false self, our false way of living and the general falsity all around we conceive as an accurate representation of reality.
Doing wrong, evil, creates tension and pressure within ourselves, all on our own, if we have the capacity to feel it. This is Truth and Morality expressing itself in your being. You feel it, suffer it (passion), bear and carry it. You own that behavior, that action. You carry the weight of that evil and misdeed. Feeling this is a natural phenomena that I can describe as a connecting, aligning with the True Self and receiving a feedback of intuitive apprehension as to something being wrong, and it is felt internally, even though it may not yet be understood as the proper signal to question reality more closely. It can also be described in other ways, such as a feedback with reality that contradicts the unreality and false harmony conceived of in the mind that led to those actions. Those who are so enamored and entrenched into the false self and false living, have a greatly diminished capacity to feel wrongs, these would be primary psychopaths. The rest of us are conditioned and programmed into secondary psychopathy, into falsity in order to create false selves, and take us away from alignment, harmony and connectivity with the True Self. Knowing Truth and Morality is the Way and Path back to the True Self, it is part of self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-realization.