When I saw today’s Daily Post prompt, “believe ” I struggled with what I could say about this. For example, I felt that a brief blog post on my spiritual and religious belief system would not do that system justice. Similarly, if I wrote of my political beliefs, the shrill and strident energy that I would pour onto my blog would probably crash WordPress altogether. Then, I could talk about space aliens and Bigfoot…. okay, we won’t go there either.
So what can I write then? I turned to the Great Oracle of Google for enlightenment. Aha! I discovered something cool about the word “believe.”
Aside from its definition of holding something to be true, its etymological origins traces the word back to an old German verb “to love”.
“Old English belyfan “to have faith or confidence” (in a person), earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan “to believe,” perhaps literally “hold dear (or valuable, or satisfactory), to love” (source also of Old Saxon gilobian “believe,” Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE root *leubh- “to care, desire, love”…. http://www.etymonline.com/
So to believe in something means to hold it so dear as to love it. To believe in something is to have a passion for it.
As a writer, this should compel me to think twice about using this word for superficial situations; rather, whatever I hold to be true, I should do so with a loving desire and passion.