Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wordplay Wednesday™ July 15, 2015 – UNDINE: defines Ariel

Do you know that Hans Christian Andersen’sThe Little Mermaid” is about an UNDINE? It’s true! (Get your minds out of the gutter – not undies.) 

undine (un dēn) – n. coined by Paracelsus for a water spirit in his alchemical system; a wave; folklore: a female water spirit who can acquire a soul, by marrying and having a child by a mortal. [Human soul of course, as opposed to a fish-soul; do fish have souls?]

Mermaids, Nereids and *naiads, are all species of undines and enjoy the legends of nymphs *“… living in and giving life to springs, fountains, rivers, and lakes,” says Webster.

Apparently life underwater, swimming with Flipper isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, causing the undines to desire a human soul. But relinquishing those cool mermaid tails for legs – well, is that such a great idea? Consider ...

As a human in today's society, you would be discriminated against for your bi-racial genetics and never know who to side with – the humans who want to catch and cook you, or your overbearing culture that demands you remain waterlogged in archaic principles. And then you’d be vilified in social media and hung out to dry by the talking heads. But I digress …
Let’s just say, striving to better yourself is commendable, but you have to stay true to yourself … know yourself first … only then will you have insight to know the truth in others.

Are you swimming with a handsome prince (or a beautiful nymph) or diving with a shark?

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