i think everyone should have an #enchiridion. but what is exactly the enchiridion i refer to?
first let’s start with finding out what the word enchiridion means. this is a latin word, that comes from the greek enkheiridion (ἐγχειρίδιον). the word can have multiple meanings and can be both used with it’s prime meaning and a figurative sense too.
the meaning of the word is handbook – a smaller book or a practical manual filled with advices regarding life, faith, doctrine or everyday deals.
here are a few examples of the most common and worldwide known issues from autors who wrote such a book (ranking by date of publishing): 1. enchiridion of epictetus (second century, ethical advices against the pagan arrian faith) 2. sextus pomponius: enchiridion (roman laws from the second century) 3. aurelius augustinus: enchiridion (pietical writing of one of the most known church fathers, in 420) 4. desiderius rotterdamus erasmus: enchiridion militis christiani (my personal favourite, year 1501/1503, handbook of a christian knight, practical advices for faith) 5. dietrich philips: enchiridion (christian doctrine, 1564) +1bonus. the enchiridion (animation, 2010)
enchiridion is used to express the most important, practical advices that readers should know.
but enchiridion has also another meaning: tuck (a small sword) – a sword that could be only used for defence, because of it’s short haft. usually upcale people, like patricians, barons or tribe leaders wore them, with their personal signature, sign or coat of arms.
i added together the two meanings of the word. i’ve got by this as a result, handbook + tuck = a book that includes practical things in order to defend.
this is the origin of the name of my blog and the motive i decided to name my blog #enchiridion. i will write in order to develope a kind of a manual for everyday life: useful, practical, advice-based, self developement axed articles that could help to have a healthy way to see things.
yea’, these are big words, but this is what i write for.