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Quandary Resolution 3796
vicious circle, morpheme, maffick, omphalos

 

From the omphalos of determining how to sustain life itself arises the vicious circle of poverty, especially for those who are eking out a living from the land -- subsistence farmers who are tenants, or sharecroppers, who are always beholden to both a landlord and the caprices of the weather, who have often been led to believe that having more children will provide more hands to do the work, but which also continues the cycle by creating more mouths to feed, and none can be fed without the promise of rain -- and water -- for people, livestock, and crops, so that a severe drought leaves many standing on a precipice between life and death, with the possibility of hunger, leading to starvation, versus sustenance, life – and, perhaps, bounty -- where the same morphemes pre (before), cipit/caput (head), plus a noun form derived from the verb, show the whole range of possibilities, from standing on the edge of the cliff (precipice) in great peril (precipitous) due to lack of rain (precipitation), whose coming can lead to great hope and joy, allowing people to maffick in the expectation of new life – or even prosperity.

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