Post by Robert Bannister
Are you sure that the "dear" on "oh dear" and even "dear me" are not
Once, I used to worry about »dear«, too, just like most
people do today. »What if ...?«, did I ask. I already must
have said it at some point in my life.
I bought all kinds of dictionaries and old hermetism books.
Nervously I turned the pages, looking up D ..., DE ..., DEA
... . But whenever the books said »Don't be afraid. This
word is not a euphemism for ...«, I used to think »I just
might have not found the right book so far.«
One morning I woke up and I was aware that »dear« is just
»dear«. There is nothing beyond. Now it all seemed so simple.
It always was simple. But my mind was twisted, so I could
not see the simplicity, the beauty: Dear is dear is dear.
That morning I was enlighted. I was released. I was free.
Like someone who was living in Britain for all his life
and then wakes up in the U.S.A.