What does it all mean? We can see it as Nature’s push-back against mankind, a response to the pressure we are putting on the environment in which we – all sentient beings – live together. Pan, the Nature God, sending a message to all People.

Here we are, suffering from the same condition which is sweeping across our blue planet. Although not affecting us all equally, as not all of us live in equal conditions, nor are treated equally — by each other. We are joined together because the virus knows no borders, yet we are driven apart, divided in our so-called ‘social distancing’ or rather, ‘physical distancing’, divided by borders closing like stable doors, too late.

Here’s a start, the etymology of the word, my piece of homework for today.

‘Pandemic’, adjective (from 1660s), now being used as a noun (from 1853).

Of diseases, ‘incident to a whole people or region’. From Greek pandemos, ‘pertaining to all people,; public, common’.

From pan- ‘all’ and dēmos, ‘people.

pan-, ‘all, every, whole, all-inclusive’, from Greek pan-, from pas, ‘all’, from PIE *pant, ‘all’

-demic, from Greek dēmos, ‘common people’, originally ‘district’, from PIE *da-mo, ‘division’, from root *da, ‘to divide’

PIE *dā-, Proto-Indo-European root meaning ‘to divide’. Evidence for the word-root’s existence is in Sanscrit dati, ‘cuts, divides’. Greek dēmos, ‘people, land’, perhaps a division of society.

*PIE, “Proto-Indo-European,” the hypothetical reconstructed ancestral language of the Indo-European family. The time scale is much debated, but the most recent date proposed for it is about 5,500 years ago.

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