I had Latin in high school. The teacher was glad
I lost the election for student council president
because I could devote more time to studying Latin.
Well, veni, vidi, vici, not so much. I just came
across another Latin word: ob-audire, “to listen with
great attentiveness.” That sounds good and it is what
I should have done in Latin class. Wait a minute. That
word translates as “obedience.” Bummer. Who likes to
be obedient? That is what we expect of our pets. Oh,
and then in the same meditation there is another Latin
word: surdus — deaf and then ab-surdus, completely deaf.
Absurd! Who wants that? And so, if we are obedient to
what matters we won’t fall into absurdity. Does that
mean that teacher is always right? We can only listen
with great attentiveness and well, then veni, vedi, vici.
*idea from a meditation by Henri Nouwen