Ubiquitous

: existing or being everywhere at the same time: constantly encountered : widespread

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Ubiquitous (adj.): “being, existing, or turning up everywhere,” 1800, from ubiquity + –ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (c. 1600), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique.

Ubiquity (n.): “omnipresence,” 1570s, from Modern Latin ubiquitas, from Latin ubiqueeverywhere,” from ubiwhere” + queany, also, and, ever,” as a suffix giving universal meaning to the word it is attached to, from Proto-Indo-European root kweand.” Originally a Lutheran theological position maintaining the omnipresence of Christ.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“We like love – we love love – but perhaps its only meaning lies in its ubiquitous meaninglessness. We apprehend it, we feel it, and we think we know it, yet we cannot say what we mean by it.”

Richard Flanagan (b. 1961, Tasmania-Australian author of six novels, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize)

Bio Source:

richardflanagan.com

“I think you have a passion and an obsession for something when it’s not necessarily ubiquitous.”

J. J. Abrams (b. 1966, American film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer; known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0009190/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

“The supernatural is ubiquitous in children’s entertainment, from Grimm and Hans Andersen to Disney and ‘Harry Potter.’”

Richard Dawkins (b. 1941, English evolutionary biologist and popular author; known for broadening understanding of the genetic origin of our species)

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/richard_dawkins

“With spectacular events taking up so much of the available anxiety quotient, we need to be constantly reminded of the more workaday threats to our mortality – threats that, while they may also be functions of human error, have become so ubiquitous that we’ve begun to apprehend them as natural phenomena.”

Will Self (b. 1961, English author of ten novels, journalist, political commentator, and television personality)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Self

“Orwell wasn’t right about where society was in 1984. We haven’t turned into that sort of surveillance society. But that may be, at least in small part, because of his book. The notion that ubiquitous surveillance and state manipulation of the media is evil is deeply engrained in us.”

Ramez Naam (Egyptian-born American professional technologist, computer scientist, futurist, angel investor and award-winning author)

Bio Source:

rameznaam.com/about/

Meditation

“We like love – we love love – but perhaps its only meaning lies in its ubiquitous meaninglessness. We apprehend it, we feel it, and we think we know it, yet we cannot say what we mean by it.”

– Richard Flanagan

 

Our sentiments, fantasies, and romantic notions around love are ubiquitous, not Love itself.  We tend to take true abiding love for granted, and believe we are entitled to it, instead understanding it as a divine gift or privilege.

That’s why mindful intention to the details of our lives is extremely important. Loving others, in whatever way we can, are heroic acts of bravery.  Yes, love sometimes scares and excites us.  That’s because it forces us to care for others outside of our tribal units.

In reality, every connection we make is a miracle, a poignant opportunity to feel more deeply, or to the unfortunate contrast (if we so choose) to numb ourselves and be indifferent to our biases and blind spots.

When our world endures acts of diabolical destruction by our own hands or by others, these catastrophic events are wake-up calls and opportunities to inoculate ourselves from the hate and indifference, and to cut deeper in our healing process.  We can then add to our soul’s love palette, and paint our world with more enlightened and enlivened colors?  Or will we continue to sleep-walk our through and refuse to see the ways we use hate as sport?

Can we afford to be indifferent to another person’s story of suffering and pain?  Or will we study our mirrors and witness our own suffering through others and empathize?

We are more than capable of loving at multiple levels and multi-dimensionally.  We love our friends, family, love ones, our community, country, and all those activities that bring us joy.  But, we must further challenge ourselves to care more deeply and to seek out unconditional love in different arenas, working through our prejudices and seeking enlightened knowledge.  If not, we are limiting ourselves to stay stagnant in our stages of narrow-affiliated tribal and national mindsets.

There’s always room for kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.  Our hearts are powerful and elastic, capable of much more.  We only need to be courageous enough to push ourselves beyond our comfort zones.

Stay brave and open-hearted, sojourners!

Written with Love, Tonya

 

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