11
Jan
09

What’s in a name?

I had someone ask me recently (via e-mail, actually) what the name of my blog was about. She obviously knew latin, in fact, I had a course with her, but anyway. Why “Mors dei” or, as she translated it, “god’s Death” is filled with symbolism. I’d like to start of with pointing out that “dei” is in lower case, meaning it is indicating no specific god. Mors, on the other hand, is capitalized for a reason, drawing reference to the Roman personification of Death, rather than the noun describing a state. Taking away the life of god (any god) by means of removing the means which sustains her. I would like to indicate there is some ambiguity here since “Mors” is both the noun “death” and the minor deity, “Death.” This is ironic in itself as Mors dei can be translated as “Death of god,” or as a genitive of cause, such as “Death by god,” but the primary reason I chose such an ambiguous phrase is another possible translation: “Death, consisting of god.” In other words, god is death. The worship of a metaphysical entity is to worship the death of the  self and others. The desire for life to continue beyond death exemplifies real death as one is constantly worried about the possibility. To desire life beyond death is to desire death as the two become impossible to distinguish from one another. The three Semitic religions even have some added bonuses after we die: paradise, virgins (or raisins, depending on translation), beautiful scenery, golden streets, etc. The ultimate sacrifice to these religions; to die from persecution due to his or her beliefs. That’s right, DEATH is the epitome of holiness one can achieve. Hence, god (the epitome of holiness) is death.

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5 Responses to “What’s in a name?”


  1. 1 michellesedai
    January 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    how enlightening

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    January 12, 2009 at 12:46 am

    that would be a variant of the verb “erudio”

  3. January 12, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “God is death”. I like it!

  4. January 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I (of course) need to point out that in your blog’s banner, all the letters are in upper case.

    Also, the ancients (and early medievals) were well aware of what you brought up, as well as the logical implication of it: the highest virtue must be to kill yourself. And hence the Christian prohibition against suicide is nothing more than a “fix” for a flawed philosophy.

  5. 5 jaredcormier
    January 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    That’s a matter of font, not my fault, if you look at the page name, it’s “Mors dei.” Perhaps I shall find a fix for that font issue later. In any case, I’m glad someone else knew that tidbit of information.

    Edit: Fixed


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