But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6 (KJV)
Recently I started to wonder about what it means to be content. According to
the Online Etymology Dictionary the word
content, is derived from the latin word contentus meaning “Contained, satisfied”,
literally “to hold together”. Understanding the provenenance of the word, gave
me an insight into what it means to be happy. Contentment is related to
completeness, but that the completeness needs be defined by limits. Simply put,
those people who are content are they who know their purpose, and don’t seek
more or less than that. So understanding your purpose integral to achieving
happiness. It will be far harder to be complete (and therefore be content) if you
don’t know what it is that makes you complete.
If you, like me enjoy looking into the history of words, and programming on the
terminal (I can’t be that unique), then do I have a tool for you.
Ety, is a tool I wrote a few months back
just for fun. I wanted to write a simple CLI tool that would print out
definitions and the etymologies of words from OED. As a “challenge” I wrote it
in a way that required no third party dependencies. While it’s nothing big,
It is one of my favorite tools I’ve written. It’s easy to install, just
copy the script into your path and you’re good to go.