Hi there! My name is Zoey. If you’re looking for an about page, this is so not it. You see, if there’s one thing you must know about me, it’s that I’m a very nice person. That’s why I saved you the trouble of reading a page over 1000+ words. Duh.
Short explanation: Encreate is a word I made up from two words called enlighten and create. The definition of this word is to enlighten someone through any creation of human culture. In other words, enlightening readers within this blog about the creations of human culture. In this case, it’s to enlighten someone on our world–past, present, and future–through this blog. It’s to explain how I see the world through my lens as a globalized citizen.
But…but…aren’t we all nice people? I mean I would like to believe I’m a nice person. Is that not true?
Yes, that may be true. But let’s be real here. If everyone was nice, then there wouldn’t be bullies, haters, wars, rape, racism, sexism, genocide, and so on. That’s why, you, a lucky reader, will soon know the answers to following questions:
- What is this blog is about?
- What is the meaning of encreate?
- How and why did it start?
- What is the point of this blog?
- And why should I spend my precious time to read this blog?
Seriously, please don’t be offended, as I was only joking. For some reason, humor translates differently on the internet. Note: I’m a huge sarcasm aficionado, so it’s only fair that how I speak will translate into how I write. Ideally, I would like everyone to read what is blog is about, and then, if you’re still interested, you can check out my about me/creator page. Or you can completely ignore what I just said, and do the opposite. To continue on the I’m-so-nice-and-I-want-to-save-you-the-trouble-theme, I’ll even link it here. Go ahead. You can click on it and read that first–you little rebel.
You’re still here? Fantastic. Let’s begin.
I will warn you though, this is actually quite difficult for me to explain, as it all made sense in my head. It was so difficult that I had trouble overcoming this blank page for several days. Which is hilarious because all my teachers and classmates know that I’m a wordy writer. As a result, I cannot seem to stay within the word limit when I’m asked to write an essay. Hopefully, if any of you are reading this, that means I published this page.
Hurray! Finally, the whole world will read my writing, think I’m a genius, and I’ll become famous. And then everyone will adore me and shower me with words of love, praise, and presents, and most importantly…money. It’s the perfect plan, isn’t it? What, isn’t the expression called money buys happiness? Why else is money* important? Don’t you agree?
*Please scroll to the end of the page to see my commentary on money and other words marked with an asterisk. Thank you.
Okay, you can stop laughing now.
Yes, I’m aware that my blog will be lost in the noise of billions of blog articles posted each day. But that’s fine by me. The purpose of this blog is for me to write and share it with those that will care to read it. I’m not interested in money, power, or fame. I see hundreds of people obsessed with becoming blog-famous. But I don’t care about that. Anyhow, I’d rather receive a handful of dedicated followers. I’m not interested in bumping up my self-worth through likes, comments, or subscribers. It’s useless and unproductive.
Alright, I need to make sure this makes sense in the readers’ head. Of course, this is a lot easier said than done. I can’t guarantee every person reading this will understand this perfectly, so I request you to please leave any questions you may have in the comments.
Encreate is a word I made up. It combines two words that are important to me. These two words are Enlighten and Create. Which provides this equation:
en (prefix that means “within in”) + create (verb) = encreate (another verb).
But that doesn’t still give a good idea of what this blog is about. So I’ll try and break it down further. You all probably know the meaning of enlighten and create, but I would like to list the definitions below in order for you all to understand my point better.
These are the first definitions on dictionary.com that pop up when I search these two words:
Enlighten – [en-lahyt-n]
Create – [kree-eyt]
In other words, to make something which will directly and indirectly affect everyone.
*Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see more information about each word marked with an asterisk. Thank you.
Encreate – [en-kree-eyt]
verb (used with object) encreating
Long definition: 1. to light
Short definition: 1. to enlighten someone through any creation of human culture.
Excuse me Zoey, do you really expect me to understand all that jargon? Can you please just get to the point? And what exactly is “culture”? What comes underneath it?
I’m glad you asked! Let’s check the definition of culture, shall we? I promise with time this will all makes sense.
Okay, you can put your knife down. Don’t kill me.
For this word, I used the Merriam Webster dictionary as well because it has a simplified version, which is a lot easier to understand. The actual defition is quite long and confusing. But feel free to look it up if you so wish. Fun fact: according to a New Yorker article, this was the most looked-up word of 2014.
Culture – [kuhl-cher]
- the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time
- a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.
- a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)
- the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.
Interesting. When I first think of culture, I think how around the world, everyone has different ethnic backgrounds, ideas, language, and social norms. All of these traits put together are called a country’s “culture.” A large population that lives in the same region will share these common characteristics, making them feel like they belong to a certain location.
As a result, if only one culture existed, no disagreements or conflicts would happen, and that would create world peace all over. Unfortunately, we need myriad cultures to make our world an extremely diverse and interesting place to live—nothing would remain stagnant as it keeps changing. Also, even if there are struggles, world citizens globalize and keep things fresh.
For this reason, culture is an integral part of any country in this world today. Without culture, no one would be interested to travel to a new country because every region would have the exact same heritage. This is why one must appreciate other cultures and always respect another country’s way of life and perspective. When one values, understands, and strives to immerse oneself in many cultures, one could call oneself a “cultured/Renaissance” person. To elaborate, a cultured person is someone who is aware of good books, movies, food, and everything that comes under the world culture. They might or might not shun popular culture. If they don’t shun popular culture, then they are aware of the current latest trends happening today.
So what comes under culture? I found this image through Google:
Those are only a few examples of what comes under culture. So pretty much anything under the sun. Anything that relates to the world, anything that I’m passionate about, anything like world events, quirks about various nationalities, and spreading awareness will be discussed on this blog.
Let me repeat the definition of encreate once more: to enlighten someone through any creation of human culture. The prefix en means “within in.” In other words, enlightening readers within this blog about the creations of human culture. That’s why I combined the words create, enlighten, and culture to make the phrase, “entreating culture” to summarize what type of content is here. In this case, it’s to enlighten someone on our world–past, present, and future–through this blog. It’s to explain how I see the world as a globalized citizen.
So, If there is a new band I like, I might write a review on it. If I see a topic that interests me, I might share it here. If I think I have knowledge on something, I’ll write about it. The point is, we live in a globalized world, yet there are so many misconceptions and stereotyoes around us. I want to try my best to break those myths. I would like them to share what they read with others. Or take what I’ve written and put their own spin (not plagiarize) on what I wrote recently. In that case, they just created something new. If that’s too much work, then I’d greatly appreciate a comment or two. All of these things are a way to contribute to the creative process.
Okay, that all sounds good, but why should I listen to you on what you have to say about the world? Are you saying that you know everything and have figured out on how and why our world functions the way it does?
I’m not saying you have listen to what I say. But the reason I started this blog was because I couldn’t find blogs about global issues and globilization. Either, they were news websites. The closest I could find were travel blogs. Or commentary on current world issues. Which is fine…but no one had nailed down exactly what I wanted to read. And so, I decided to create a blog. Whatever content I post here, is content I would like to read if I was a reader myself.
As I mentioned above, any creation is a part of human culture. As a result, I like to think of everyone as a creator. Because of that, what we make (good or bad) is seen by others. Charities, foundations, art, and music. These are just a few examples of things people have created worldover that affect us daily. And because of that, whatever people choose to do–affects others around them directly or indirectly–far and nearby. It’s kind of like a food web. If the plankton dies, then even the predators on the top will be affected. Think about it. An American posts something on Youtube that an Australian can watch. It’s mind-blowing how the digital age is making this world smaller.
Humans have created various things in the past, present, and will continue to do so in the future. This blog is a place for me enlighten, discuss, write, and think about how our world is such a diverse, complicated, messy yet beautiful place at the same time. Hopefully, my readers will learn something by sharing my knowledge on the world. Everyday, I strive to learn and understand the world around me. That’s who I always been. Of course, I don’t claim to know all the answers. I truly believe that everyone has something to learn from another person. We all have a story to tell. We all have experiences that the other person doesn’t have. However, by sharing these experiences through my posts or guest bloggers’ posts, we all can learn, understand, and empathesize with each other.
*I hate to break it to you, but I do know the actual expression. This is my sarcastic commentary on the debate of money vs happiness. In short, money is important for survival. Not for happiness. But then, you would need to be happy to survive…
Yup, you can’t win. This will go in circles, so I’ll end it here.
*I’m not a fan of math. But I wish I was because I could be an engineer and not worry about being a starving artist.