Deus, Divinus, Dividere, Divinity, Unity and Suchness

Several months ago, whilst orienting myself to the Cosmos, I found myself wondering if the words “divine [divinus]” and “divide [dividere]” have the same origins – because if the original human concept of divinity was related to the concept of separateness from things (and its logical inverse, the unity of all things) then I want to know that and point us back in that direction.

I started sniffing around – and while the web turned up a few signposts, I found nothing direct and authoritative on the matter. So I reached out to a few experts. Professor Richard Toporoski of the University of Toronto was kind enough to spend some time trying to pin it down with me. He wrote,

‘Divinus’ is simply an adjective derived from ‘divus’, so ‘div-‘ is the real root with which you are dealing. The etymological dictionary tells me that the basic root is ‘*dei-‘ and that the most likely meaning has to do with ‘spreading out’…

Nice! Spreading out – as in branch, split, break apart, etc.? Hmm..

The ‘di’ in front of ‘dividere’ is obviously the prefix ‘di-‘ or ‘dis-‘, ‘apart’ (hmm, there might be a connexion between ‘spread/extend’ and ‘apart’!), while the ‘*ueidh-‘ root has the sense of ‘separate’ (obvious English cognate: ‘widow’). I was surprised when the article pointed out another English cognate: ‘wood’, because, I presume, when human beings first dealt with wood, it was with the pieces they had separated from a tree or log.

So, I was really feeling like I was onto something .. but toward the end, he tossed me a slight curve ball with,

It would seem to me that any sense of duality between divinity and human beings would have developed long after the words for ‘god’ and ‘divide’ had developed in Latin and people had forgotten their origins.

Are any of you able to shed any light on this little inquest?

5 thoughts on “Deus, Divinus, Dividere, Divinity, Unity and Suchness”

  1. You could probably have a really cool, indepth conversation with your bro on the great divide, that may help you to get closer to your final destination.

  2. You could probably have a really cool, indepth conversation with your bro on the great divide, that may help you to get closer to your final destination.

  3. neat thinking. is your premise that early on, people realized that any idea of separateness from the universe was illusory? or that they saw the dividing / observing loop (real or not) as some divine game?

  4. Hi, Yeah, I think that this is a great way to think outside the box since it is true that our body’s and our soul’s evolve at different rates..but its all under god’s supervison and light and power. ….and yes we are seperate from the universe yet we are all the same…in fact the number of stars in the milky is very similar to the amount of cells in the human body…see how we are REFLECTORS of nature and we FILTER information and DISPLAY it how we PERCEIVE IT….start thinking!! 🙂

  5. Hi, Yeah, I think that this is a great way to think outside the box since it is true that our body’s and our soul’s evolve at different rates..but its all under god’s supervison and light and power. ….and yes we are seperate from the universe yet we are all the same…in fact the number of stars in the milky is very similar to the amount of cells in the human body…see how we are REFLECTORS of nature and we FILTER information and DISPLAY it how we PERCEIVE IT….start thinking!! 🙂

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