Current, currency, competence and confidence

WordPress has just lost my post, on which had spent two hours.  Am so gutted hardly know how to bear it.  How can this site not have automatic ‘autosave off’ alerts to save work in progress when a sign-in is required, or an automatic ‘session time-out near’ alert when a post is started?  How can it be that a standard session time-out suspends autosave without providing an alert?  How can it be that completing a required sign-in loses an entire draft without any warning to save work somewhere else before completing the sign-in?  This is a really unkind cut.  Will raise it with the site.

Will have to write the whole post again tomorrow.  Defined the above words, plus apt, fit, and proper, and explained why the words are important to the subject of this blog.  Best thing was probably the link to this week’s The Now Show, since its hilarious treatment this evening of some of this week’s events, that raise several issues with implications for epistemology, ethics and expedients, saves me writing the rant that might otherwise have undertaken here and now (though might revisit some of those events subsequently).  Also noted want to read philosophy of meaning, to locate within that canon my own ‘pet‘* desire, longing, and imperative to explore and explain meaning and meaningfulness.

Okay, so now it’s tomorrow, so off goes this post again, with me hoping that the dictionary definitions will remind me of the other things I learned, thought, wrote.  Remember that what struck me about the definitions of all these words, terms,  percepts, concepts, was that confidence  and competence both come back to belief, faith, trust, reliability, definiteness, adequacy, appropriateness, and ability (which means habit, as regular or settled tendency or practice), while current and currency also refer to reliability, as directional movement or flow within a particular place or time.  (This line of thought is a bit laboured, here as placeholder for yesterday’s more elegant version, that eludes me now.)

Current adj. means happening or being used or done now > in common or general use; n. a body of water or air moving in a definite direction through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement; a flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles > a quantity representing the rate of flow of electric charge, usually measured in amperes; origin ME (in the sense ‘running, flowing’ from OFr corant ‘running’, from courre ‘run’, from L. currere ‘run’.

Currency n. is a system of money in general use in a particular country; the fact or quality of being current > the time during which something is current.

Competence n. is the quality or extent of being competent; (linguistics) a person’s subconscious knowledge of the rules governing the formation of speech in their first language (often contrasted with performance); an income large enough to live on.  Competent adj. is having the necessary ability or knowledge to do something successfully > of a person efficient and capable > (of a court or other body) having legal authority to deal with a particular matter; origin ME (in the sense ‘suitable, adequate’): from L. competent-, competere in the sense ‘be fit or proper’ (see compete).  Compete  v. strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others; origin C17 (earlier C16) as competitor): from L. competere, from com- ‘together’ + petere ‘aim at, seek’.

(NB note to self: lost post contained an alternative interpretation of *pet ‘aim’ as longing, desire: think was in regard to appetance, appetite, cf impetus, centripetal: the significance is that this takes ‘aim’ back to ‘want’).

(NB second note to self: lost post contained recognition that two words with identical etymological roots come to mean two quite different notions of one idea: competent means having ability or knowledge to do something successfully, suitable (right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation, from AN Fr siwte from [..] L. sequi ‘follow’) adequate (equal to it), efficient and capable, while compete means defeating or establishing superiority over others.  How did the focus move from individual success to defeating and displacing others?  This has obvious implications for models of the dynamics of ecology and evolution, as it is ecological competence in subsistence more than evolutionary competition for superiority that sustains survival.  This leads on to various inferences about ecological quality relative to evolutionary quantity, which am too tired to remember how to tease out now.

Apt, fit and proper also feature both in this ecological capacity, and in providing these definitions.  Apt is appropriate, suitable; having a specific tendency; quick to learn; origin ME, from L. aptus ‘fitted’, from apere ‘fasten’.  Fit is of a suitable quality, standard, or type > socially acceptable; in good health, especially because of regular physical exercise; be of the right shape and size for; be or make able to occupy a particular position, place, or period of time (NB cf current); fix into place; be or make suitable for; the particular way in which something fits; the correspondence between observed data and the values expected by theory; be compatible, be in harmony; constitute part of a particular situation or larger structure [..]; origin ME, of unknown origin, not recorded as related to OE fitt ‘conflict’, in ME also ‘position of danger’ and ‘short period’.  Appropriate is suitable; proper; origin ME from late L. appropriat-, appropriare ‘make one’s own’, from ad- ‘to’ + propius ‘own, proper’, with proper truly what something is said or regarded to be, genuine, suitable, belonging to oneself; origin ME from OFr,  propre, from L. proprius ‘one’s own, special’.

Confidence n. is the belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something > a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities; the telling of private matters or secrets with mutual trust > a secret or private matter told to someone under a condition of trust; origin ME, from L. confidentia, from confidere (see confident).  Confident adj. feeling confidence in oneself; feeling certainty about something; n. a confidant.  Confide v. is tell someone about a secret or private matter in confidence; entrust something to the care of; origin ME, from L. confidere ‘have full trust’, related to fidelis ‘faithful’, from fides ‘faith’.

Other words to be defined are the whole gamut of habit and have and their derivations, habitat, inhabit, habituation, words like tenet containing ‘ten’, hold, and words containing ‘tend’, stretch, perhaps related to trait, (something) drawn, a character in all senses, along with belonging, behold(en) and behove.

Reasons for exploring all these words and their original and current meanings is that the words represent ideas about experiences of existence and coexistence, extricated, extracted, explicated and extrapolated to other experiences.  These ideas are (about) the primary fabric and rubric of experienced existence and coexistence, as emerging middles, emerging to experience in the experience of experience and its expression and the examination of that expression.  They reflect and represent an ecology of existence, an essential elementary ecosmology.

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