Sunday, April 01, 2007

"Mens agitat molem"

"Mens agitat molem" is the motto of the University of Oregon, where I went to grad school. (For those of you not educated in classical languages, it means "Men agitate moles.")* I was so impressed by this motto when I first heard it that I drew a cartoon about it. BTW, this is actually the only carton I've ever drawn first cartoon I ever drew.

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*Or maybe it means something like "Mind moves the mass." I like my translation better.

17 comments:

  1. I like your translation better too. LOL.

    CY

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  2. Oh, and I'm so glad that you now have a recent comments doodad.

    CY

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  3. Blogger really needs to upgrade its whole commenting thing.

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  4. I think Duck Central translates it,

    Mind Moves Mountains

    '71

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  5. Friends don't let friends go to OSU.

    - Ducks for a Beaver Free America

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  6. GO Green....

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  7. It actually means mind moves matter please be educated before attempting

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  8. Please finish writing before clicking "Publish."

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  9. Having read both Emerson and Pirsig, I think the translation I like best is: "Mind moves not-mind." "Mind moves matter," as was posted on 10/7/12, seems to be the same. If there is a difference, I cannot tell it. I have not studied Latin except digging through etymology. I don't think it is spoken anywhere these days except in the Catholic church. I like my translation better, if for no other reason than I feel pretty certain Pope Ratzinger would translate it as "Mind moves matter," and no other options would be viable, and I am not Catholic, I do not live in Italy, and what would it matter anyway?

    Very clever to come up with your own translation. Look what you started! Regardless, I hope the motto doesn't change for at least 4,000 years, give or take a decade.

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  10. "What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind."

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  11. I'm really enjoying reading your posts...thanks.

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  12. Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

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  13. you guys are so stupid.

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  14. That's a very intelligent comment. It really added to the conversation. I hope someday I'll be smart enough to make valuable comments like that.

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  15. Those moles look like beavers from Corvallis!!

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  16. "Ducks agitate beavers"? But beavers don't have pointy noses like those moles do.

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