Lexicon

This blog uses certain terms that may not be familiar to mainstream readers. Other words may be used in more “precise” ways than is common. For the sake of clarity, these words are listed below.

Bohemian
A bohemian, loosely speaking, is a “free thinker;” one who has rejected some or all aspects of mainstream culture in favor of a “better way.” Bohemians are typically individualist, artistic, and anti-materialist. Common themes espoused are truth, beauty, freedom, and love.
Bourgeois/Bourgeoisie
The bourgeoisie is a Marxist term, derived from Old French, for the owners of the “means of production” — capitalists, industrialists, and business owners. In more modern usage, it’s come to represent the wealthy, especially upper-middle-class and upper-class businesspeople, bankers, and investors, which is how I use the term. Essentially, anyone who stands to lose from greater wage equity and business regulation can be considered bourgeois.
Cis-
“Cis” is a prefix that is effectively the opposite of “trans,” from a gender perspective. Typically used to indicate that an individual’s assigned and presented genders are in agreement (i.e. cisgender, cisman, ciswoman). Sometimes used on its own as shorthand for “cisgender”, i.e. “cis folk.” Can also be used to represent the cisgender normative, such as in terms like “cissexist” or “cisnormative.” From the Latin cis, “on this side of.”

Evil
Evil is a festering wound of the spirit. An action can be said to be evil if it is motivated by one of the four toxins, and causes harm to, or otherwise abrogates the freedom of, a sentient being.
Four Toxins, The
The four toxins are states of mind which motivate evil acts. They are apathy, cruelty, delusion, and greed.
God
God is that which groks. God is the divine principle, the One which can be said to have created the perfect Cosmos. God is the source of all, from which everything flows and to which everything returns. This blog does not view God as interventionary; rather, the Creator is remote and uninvolved, but also immanent.
Grok
First seen in Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, to grok is to understand something so completely that it becomes a part of you and you become a part of it, and the boundaries between you and the object of understanding blur. To grok a thing is to form an indelible connection between yourself and that which is grokked. To grok a thing is to allow it to change you.

Human (Being)
For purposes of this blog, the terms “human,” “human being,” and “sentient being” shall be used interchangeably.
Light, the
See God. The Light is within us all, and is the source of all beauty, all love, and all that is good in the Cosmos. By acting and living with compassion, mercy, and tolerance, one strengthens the Light within oneself, which elevates both the self and all Creation.
Paladin
A paladin is a warrior for God and the Light, and a servant of mankind; a foot soldier in the unending conflict against evil. This conflict is not necessarily physical — it can also be intellectual or spiritual. A paladin must be equipped to fight evil wherever it may be found, on any battlefield where it presents itself.
Pensulo
A pensoviro is a self-actualized sentient being — capable of considering their own actions, recognizing the four toxins and how they might be motivating those actions, and working to reject those toxins. A pensoviro is capable of making a genuine choice, unmotivated by worldly concerns. From the Esperanto pensi, “to think.” Plural pensoviroj.

Pillars of Humanity, the
Five characteristics particular to humanity, that when emphasized, improve both the self and the world. These are: agency, compassion, creativity, hospitality, and growth towards self-actualization. A human who exhibits these characteristics can rightly be called a pensoviro; a human who does not is gantoviroj.

Privilege
Privilege, in a sociological context, refers to societal advantages that certain groups have by virtue of their assigned gender, skin color, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical ability, etc. To be “privileged” is to be free of some or all of the restrictions and dangers society presents to disadvantaged groups. Two of the most common kinds of privilege are “male privilege” and “white privilege.”
Proletariat, Prole
Derived from ancient Rome by way of Marx, the proletariat is the working class. In my writings, I use this term to refer to the diminishing middle class, wage-earners and salarymen, who are currently being systematically oppressed and enslaved by the wealthy. This is a simplification, but serves adequately in the current American socioeconomic climate. A “prole” is a member of the proletariat, short for “proletarian.”
Racism
Racism refers to a form of institutional bigotry, in which the authorities and power structures of society treat a category of person differently because of the color of their skin. This is a stipulative definition, used for discussion purposes; while there are other ways to use the word, in the context of this blog, “racism” refers to systemic racism, not individual racism.
Thou art God
Thou art God is at once a recognition of the Light that exists inside every human being, a celebration of our shared divinity, and a reminder of the terrible responsibility inherent in being able to create the world.
Tiganto
A gantoviro is a human being who is not attempting to reach self-actualization, concerning themselves only with their own survival and comfort. A gantoviro can be said to have a wounded soul, and is likely to commit evil acts without intending to do so. Nevertheless, a gantoviro remains irrevocably human, and has within themselves always the capacity to change. From the Esperanto mortigi, “to murder.” Plural gantoviroj.

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