Have you ever considered what it means to live? Did you know that the Greek have three words for our English word, ‘life’? I just recently found that out.
Bios: Physical or biological life.
Psuche: Psychological life of a human. Soul, mind, emotion, will.
Zoe: Absolute fullness of life, spiritual life, the divine life uniquely possessed by God.
Isn’t that amazing? The Greek words go so much deeper. It makes me think about how the physical, psychological (soul, mind, emotion, will) and spiritual are all interconnected. It also seems to answer certain questions I’ve grappled with in the past. Questions about life, death, meaning, purpose, fear of death and what happens when a human dies.
What do you think about these three Greek words, and their meanings?
Photo taken in Ouro Preto, Brazil