So, this edition of the @TribeSteemUp Bi-Weekly Question is being run in conjunction with the @Steem-1up Esoteric Community Spotlight & Contests. If you're not familiar, the 1Up project is the next evolution of the STEEM blockchain, being created by @Flauwy & @StoodKev, the first project to really put the focus on empowering & connecting communities here on STEEM.
One of the communities that is being supported (and in some sense created) by the #1up project is #esoteric. If you'd like to get involved, check out the post above, and/or read all the 1up announcements from @flauwy, @stoodkev, and @eftnow.
What does esoteric mean to you and how has it influenced your life?
This was a very interesting one, because as always when discussing a term, my first step was to go look at the definition and etymology of the term. What was in my mind going in was basically that esoteric is a synonym for occult (hidden)... but that's not really the case so much.
1650s, from Greek esoterikos "belonging to an inner circle" (Lucian), from esotero "more within," comparative adverb of eso "within," from PIE ens-o-, suffixed form of ens, extended form of root en "in." Classically applied to certain popular and non-technical writings of Aristotle, later to doctrines of Pythagoras. In English, first of Pythagorean doctrines.
Now, that doesn't sound very much like the hidden, suppressed, occult word I was expecting. Along the way, I also happened to skim through a few other folks entries for this week, and in @penvibes post, they included a bit of conversation from a theology class they took, that went something like this:
Teacher: What is Esoteric?
Student: Difficult to understand by an outsider, an enigmatic concept hidden within the grips of a select inner members.
Teacher: There you go, very enigmatically incorrect, go home and search the deeper things with a deeper heart, esoteric knowledge would be open to you all, you would be the inner circles. Go home and look deep within your heart.
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