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  •  Occupy just got its official Anthem (17+ / 0-)

    I lived in Hawai'i but I don't think that is a prerequisite for understanding that we just met this generation's Pete Seeger... and "Occupy" just got its first official anthem.

    I actually like the folk etymology of the word Aloha, despite any controversy, "Sharing the breath of life." Where else does love, compassion, and mercy come from but the sense of life itself.

    Gandhi and MLK would approve... but not lose their resolve or commitment.

    Etymology

    The word aloha derives from the Proto-Polynesian root *qarofa, and ultimately from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian.[1][2] [3]It has cognates in other Polynesian languages, such as Samoan alofa and Māori aroha, also meaning "love." [4]

    A folk etymology claims that it derives from a compound of the Hawaiian words alo meaning "presence", "front", "face", or "share"; and ha, meaning "breath of life" or "essence of life." Although alo does indeed mean "presence" etc., the word for breath is spelled with a macron or kahakoō over the a (hā) whereas the word aloha does not have a long a.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    I just read about "Occupy Portland" being shutdown, there was no violence from what I have read so far. The days ahead are going to get rougher though... so this is a good song to remember in the coming dark days.

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