An Analysis of the term “Re-solution”


{Taken by yours truly December 31st 2018 in B.C.’s Kelowna, the photo above features my younger brother Joshua and his excellent Canadian girlfriend Niah. 😇}


*Beginning My Copy & Paste Action*

{with 1 slight edit somewhere in here 😉}

1/1/19 AD!

What’s the deal with “Re-solution”?

In that what you’re seeing is a written out meditation— this is more or less a typical (but tidied up) example of entries in my phone’s Note app 🤣.

That having been said, the essence of my plan for this meditation is to:

  1. Briefly analyze the term “re-solution”,
  2. Brainstorm illustrative scenes to aid us as we contemplate (if you’re scratching your head right now wondering what in the world I mean, it should become clearer in a bit), &
  3. Behold the basic sketch of what shall likely—hopefully—become my adventurous theme for this new year (thanks for reading & hope it’s somewhat edifying to you, btw!).

Let’s begin by unpacking the term “re-solution” a bit. 

The Google dictionary suggests that we get the thought in this word-form from “late Middle English: from Latin resolutio(n-), from resolvere ‘loosen, release’ (see resolve).”

If we follow up on the term “resolve”, we find the Google dictionary suggests that we get the thought in this word-form from “late Middle English (in the senses ‘dissolve, disintegrate’ and ‘solve (a problem)’): from Latin resolvere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + solvere ‘loosen.’”

For this brief meditation, I chose to further inspect the prefix “re-“, the term “solution”, as well as the supplemental terms “loosen” and “release”.


About “Re-“, a couple relevant meanings the Google dictionary suggests I present as follows: 

  • with intensive force— once more; a-fresh; a-new


With reference to the Online Etymology Dictionary, I fine-tuned my meditation to focus in on certain entries it provided on the noun “Solution”: 

  • The educated guess at what the Proto-Indo European root may have been is *se-lu-.

Incidentally, this seems similar enough to the English rendition of the Hebrew/Jewish term “selah” as to make some psychological connections that might not otherwise have been made (by yours truly 😂 😉).

Long story short (with help from the Google dictionary & Blue Letter Bible’s Interlinear tool), to take a peek at the best educated guesses of scholars that strive to look into such things…😉

A fair amount of scholars seem to have basically emerged with the inclination to suggest the following about our inherited term “selah”:

– It was and is an exclamation @ the end of a certain many Judeo-Christian Psalm verses that probably meant

– to suspend music by resting [or, “to stand back” & thus re-set],

– to pause [or, “to stop”] & re-flect [or, “to bend back” & I’d assume that means to a better, more natural, more wholesome and more comfortable position], as well as

– to be lifted up [which has to do with the term “release” I mentioned a bit ago] & exalted [which essentially has to do with the notions of moving outward and upward in some sense dependent on context].

  • Now, that aforementioned PIE root *se-lu- seems to be composed of a reflexive pronoun *s(w)e- mixed together with an earlier proposed root *leu- (which most likely meant “to loosen, divide, cut apart”).


Since the term “loosen” has just recently been mentioned again, why not delve a bit more into that first (before heading on to the other promised term, “release”)?

  • Alrighty! So, to fixate upon certain meanings suggested in the Online Etymology Dictionary entry upon the adjectival use of “loosen”, I found the line “un-bound, not confined,”— which seems to have roots in the Old Norse term lauss (which evokes thoughts from strings of words like “to make free” and “to cause to be un-encumbered”).

Now, with the way my mind works & with the way that recent train of thought developed (re-presented for you in the form of a paragraph), I somehow got to be reminded of the terms “un-ravel” & “ravel”— which, FYI, as verbs can intriguingly have virtually the meaning!

At this point, with terms like “loosen”, “un-ravel”, & “ravel”, it might be helpful to imagine pictures of knots & lashings. In my background with the Boy Scouts, there was this principle that knots and lashings “should be easy to tie, should stay tied, & should be easy to un-tie”. This is great to keep in mind for theory (or, for the sake of striving for something truly goodly beautiful), but life can (and, in my experience, almost always does) present a plethora of predictably unpredictable & simply complicated situations. Sometimes we find ourselves desiring to create a cool structure with knots and lashings, but we’re given tangled ropes that can seem like forever to un-tangle. Some other times, we’re given a cool structure to take down permanently or just to take down temporarily so as to improve it— but before we can even hope to witness a given goal of ours come to fruition, we find ourselves needing to un-ravel already tied (and perhaps very tricky to un-tie) knots & lashings. I’ll grant there are some issues that can be dealt with as easily as that legend/parable suggests about Alexander the Great with the Gordian Knot, but more often than not it seems like our lot requires more thought, more effort, and more time— thus involving more struggle & more patience (or, alternatively expressed, more long-suffering love). To find positive excitement in struggles & to stretch ourselves toward ever greater capacities of patience in stressful situations is verily harder to do than to say. Moreover: even when we give our very best attempts at living in accordance with such ideals— it’s not something we can (or should try to) accomplish perfectly, but perhaps it is worthwhile to be content with doing our best.

Also, with this talk of “causing to be un-encumbered”, one image that comes to my mind is that of chiseling away at—say—marble for a masterpiece which the artist envisions. Because I haven’t the foggiest about how one goes about this, I’ll dare to make this paragraph a bit shorter than the previous one. What I do feel comfortable saying is that though the analogy might be helpful in some sense, it breaks down in that on one view it seems we would simultaneously be like the marble and like the artist (creations, in a sense, “creating” ourselves either more for re-gress or more for pro-gress); and, on another view, it doesn’t address any relationship that might be had betwixt creating creatures like us & the Numinous.


Since the term “loosen” has just recently been addressed to some extent, why not now delve a bit more into that second promised term, i.e. “release”?

  • To focus in on some meanings evoked by the verb “release”, as gleaned from an Online Etymology Dictionary entry, I found the line “to with-draw, re-voke (a decree, etc.), cancel, lift; re-mit”. Further, this seems to have come from the Old French terms relaissier & relesser — which meant “to re-linquish, quit, let go, leave behind, abandon, & acquit”. As it turns out, those Old French terms are variants of relacher , which meant to “re-lax” (or, to un-burden). Other lines that might be helpful for our purposes are “to stretch out” and “to loosen back”.

With all this talk of being lifted up by letting go & relaxing by un-burdening, I’m reminded of my background in backpacking. The more I get experience in backpacking with teams of people, the more I’m coming to realize how very important that trying ritual is which we call “the shakedown”. For those who may not be aware, a “shakedown” usually occurs before embarking on an expedition, but after (e.g.) much accumulating of items one thinks one might need. What we often find in such sessions is that there are many items we become attached to but don’t really need, and simplifying our load can either help us become conscious of things we might need but don’t yet have or can just help us achieve a far lighter load than we would otherwise have to tote around— a more manageable cross (in a sense) to bear.

In the transition between 2018 & 2019, we Scrivners & Stephensons being seated around a table after playing games, my younger brother Josh uttered into the space between us a magnificent prayer— and at the moment, I’m especially reminded of a bit wherein he petitioned that God would aid us to not carry around & not be weighed down by “baggage” from 2018 (or from before then) into this new year of 2019.


So, since we’ve inspected the term “resolution” a bit, as well as the terms “loosen” and “release”, what are some concepts I happen to take away right now from this brief analytical exercise?

No matter what, life is complicated & tough.

No matter what, external burdens seem to “pile up” quite unceasingly.

Still, life is cool & tremendous.

Still, internal peace can overflow incessantly.

There is a time to work & a time to rest.

Work is labor— but often, so is practicing peace-energized rest.

More often than I have cared to count or notice in a day, my nervous ticks (e.g. chewing my lips & rapidly moving my legs up and down) quite probably often re-present on full display the nervousness almost always occurring within my psyche. Now: this isn’t to suggest that all nervous energy is by default bad, because sometimes I’m positively excited (I HAVE to show it somehow!) and sometimes it’s good to be nervous about things like money management, crossing a road, & juggling college classwork assignments. And honestly, the philosopher and theologian within me loves the chase of following wherever curiosity leads, the drama of wrestling with ideas, & the thrill of being in awe of Mystery! However, much to my distress: not all stress, worry, & nervousness is for goodness, for truths, or for beauty— sometimes it’s just unnecessary & unhelpful.

This is why I’m suggesting to myself that internal peace can be super duper hard work.





Therefore, I guess the work of thinking, communicating, & acting in accordance with such ideas will be my main aim for this new year of 2019. 😇


*Concluding My Copy & Paste Action*


As always,

  1. thank you for visiting;
  2. may the gracious and peaceful force of God be with you always & may the odds be ever in your favor 🖖🙏😉🤠😎😇


Yours sincerely,

— Weston

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