“…Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm…,” said the very quotable Ralph Waldo Emerson; who also said, “…Everywhere, the history of religion betrays a tendency to enthusiasm…” These two uses of the word “enthusiasm“—one so-called positive, and the other also so-called negative—both derive from its source in Greek origin. “Enthusiasm” first appeared and borrowed in English in its’ Gregorian 1603 with its’ meaning, “possession by a god.” The source and root of the word is the Greek word, enthousiasmos, which ultimately comes from the adjective entheos, “having the god within;” formed from the G. prefix “en,” “in,” or “within;” and then from the G. suffix “theos,” meaning “the god.” Throughout many repetitive recycled spaces of “E.C.” (Earth Cycles), the meaning of “enthusiasm” became extended to a meaning of, “rapturous inspiration like that caused by a god,” to further mean of, “an overly confident or delusory belief that one is inspired by God,” then to further mean of, “ill-regulated religious fervor, religious extremism;” and eventually to the familiar global meaning of, “craze, excitement, or strong liking for something or some person.” In “this-space,” one can have an “enthusiasm” for almost anything; from water skiing to fast food, without religion connotations whatsoever. People are starting to initiate a global understanding and fashion that without “enthusiasm,” people won’t get far. The fact is that before the meaning of “enthusiasm” became a popular language, people in “those-spaces” did not need to express “enthusiasm” to get anywhere in their lives. The fact is that you really don’t need it: people once lived without it, and people can still live without it. Just because you may not express “enthusiasm” towards anything, or any person, that does not mean that you may lack interest and a “metaphorical desire” to get what you “want” in life. Who in “this-space” would need to act as though they have a god within him/her, as it was believed (metaphorically felt) in “those-spaces” of Grecian dominance? Since the word “enthusiasm” has a deity origin to it, you don’t even have to use it any longer. This kind of understanding perhaps only have use/meaning for church goers; when they get together in “congruent thoughts” to summon/call unto the Holy Spirit of God, so that they may “feel” the spirit/presence of God entering them: but this however may be nothing more but “enthusiasm;” a bubbling forth of collective effervescence that gives them the “figurative feeling” that the environment is filled with Holy Spirit.
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