Mark “Tain”

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Mark my word Tain and old books are important to know.  But who is “Tain”?   We should know since we are always inviting  him into our lives!

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1950s books for entertainment for kids

Enter Tain

We can learn a lot when we dwell on the roots of words.

In – formation

Re – creation

Re – tire

Enter  – tain

Tain is with us a lot  de tain, ob tain , main tain.

So what does Tain mean  Wiki answers says:

Entertain comes from Medieval Latin intertenere “to hold inside”, from inter- “inside” + tenere “to hold”. The Indo-European root of tenere is ten- “to stretch”.

The change in meaning from “stretch” to “hold” presumably occurred as one has to “hold” something in order to “stretch” it. When the word entered English from French in the late 15th century, it meant “to maintain, to keep up”.

By Shakespeare’s time, the word had acquired a meaning of “engage or keep the attention of a person”: “I thinke the best way were, to entertaine him with hope” (from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1598). Sir Francis Bacon used the word in 1626 to mean “to amuse”: “All this to entertain the Imagination that it waiver less”. It is that meaning which seems to have stuck, though we also find the word used in such phrases as “I will entertain the suggestion of…”, etc.; that usage arose in the early 17th century.

In other words Entertain can mean to “stretch inside”.  That makes sense.  Many shows, games and books stretch our imagination.  (We’ll split up and dwell on that word image – nation another time).   Today a great deal of entertainment can stretch us out of shape!

We need to fight this… from within at least.   Too much of our entertainment is really loud… physically… emotionally… and ethically.

When noise becomes the dominating feature of entertainment there is only one way to compete… be louder.

For example the Hunger Games Trilogy are three books written for young adults about kids being forced by their government to kill other kids.  This is big time “entertainment” and in my opinion… it’s horrible for kids to read… if for no other reason is it creates too much stretch inside… way too much emotional noise with too much tension and conflict.  This blows out the adrenals if nothing else.

I have been collecting and reading old baseball books that I read as a kid.  This is a form of bibliotherapy and entertainment.

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My latest addition “The Big Stretch” by Duane Decker 1952.

I find these books very quiet.  Some would call them boring except in the silence of boredom we can stretch ourselves in a good way.

Rereading these books after 50 years is helpful to me in several ways.

They show me how the world has changed.

They provide great reflection. Old words and paragraphs jump out with meaning that I am more prepared to process now… but missed 50 years ago.   Old thoughts in these books turn mental garbage carried for decades into valuable, useable thought.

They give me a feeling of contrast between the now and then… plus help me understand how the world that read these books 50 years ago might be thinking today.

I recommend this… read old books you once read as a child.  You’ll learn a lot and perhaps be entertained.

The impact of the past is such a powerful truth that marketeers depend on the power of old music to mold cultures. There is even a psychological (or marketing) name for the impact of old music on cultures, called “Cohort Synchronization”.

Cohort Synchronization says that we… as age groups… are affected for life by what happens to us at around the age of 18. For example Jonesers (people born 1952-1956) think differently than boomers, (born in 1946 through 1952).  Boomers were promised the world and we got it. Jonesers were promised the world but came onto the job market during a recession caused by the oil crisis.  Thus Jonesers have always been more conservative, price conscious buyers than Boomers until recently. Suddenly when they approached the age of 50, they thought that  life was passing them by and started buying things to get them while they can still enjoy.

Cohort synchronization works with music.  Music that was popular when we were about age 18 maintains high emotional impact. This music has a profound impact on the way we think and act our entire lives!

This is also true with reading old books we read before.  They contain emotional impact but as we read them now we have decades of experience we can add into the reflections we gain.

To see the future from the past and to see who and why we are what we are… read books you read as a kid.  This reflection will not only lift inner veils but will help you understand your cohorts who likely read the same books.  This can help you spot contrasts and distortions that will lead to trends and make you smarter about the future as it unfolds.

Finally. you gain some real insights on change.  Read a book you read as a kid and then read a book written for the same age groups of today.

The wealth building trick of observing music to understand society is nothing new.

As in Music – So in Life! Emperors in China understood this.  David Tame’s book  “The Secret Power of Music” brings forth an interesting insight:  Each year in the second month Emperor Shun could be found journeying eastward to check upon his Kingdom and to assure that everything was in order in the vast land. Yet he did not do so by auditing the account books of the different regions.  Neither by observing the state of life of the populace, or by receiving petitions from them. Nor by interviewing the regional officials in authority.   According to the ancient Chinese text “Shu King” the emperor Shun went about the different territories to test the exact pitches of their note of music.

Tame goes on to say that when the Emperor wanted to measure the efficiency of his central government he listened to and checked the five notes of the Chinese musical scale.

Tame says: He had the eight kinds of Chinese musical instruments brought before him and played by musicians. Then he listened to the local folk songs and the tunes which were sung in the court itself, checking that all this music was in perfect correspondence with the five tones.

According to the basic philosophy of the ancient Chinese music was the basis of everything.  In particular they believed that all civilizations are shaped and moulded according to the kinds of music performed within them.  Was a civilization’s music wistful and romantic?  Then the people themselves would be wistful and romantic.  Was it strong and military?  Then the nation’s neighbours had better beware.

They believed if  the type of music a nation listened to were changed, then it would change the nation!  Merri and I found this wonderfully astounding.

We can also change ourselves when we reread old books.  In fact we can change our entire lives… the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act by controlling how we entertain… (“stretch within”) ourselves.

Mark Twain had an opinion about Tain when he said “Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.

So next time you think about being “Enter Tained”… watch out for the noise and look more for information that stretches you in a good way within.

Gary

We use old Baroque music in our Super Thinking + Spanish courses and have just added a three day Spanish camp to be conducted at Merrily Farms in the Blue Ridge.

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Merri teaching a Super Spanish course in Florida.

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Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

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Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

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“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!” Nadine Taylor

The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

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Still not sure?

Take just ten minutes to let me prove to you that this super fast way to gain the basics can let you can communicate in Spanish in an incredibly short time.

Gary

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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.