… the other common transliteration,
is ‘spirit of the age’ which is possibly even closer
to, certainly one conception of, our unseen beyond.
Ages, Aeons, and Worlds…
They are all ways.
But we need to be wary,
the ‘Thought Commandants’ are everywhere.
They lurk in closets, primed to leap!
This compound German word was ‘coined’ much later than
the historical period to which we refer
and has probably never been given quite the
same flavour that we are here attempting to inculcate.
Certainly, our Spirit has more gusto about it than
that which was current in seventeenth century
philosphical circles, and the notion is doubtlessly a lot older.
So much so, in fact, it is a wonder
that it went unrecognised for so long.
We are minded to compare it with
that other well loved staple
which no one now really believes in.
The Genius Loci.