Everything means something (lorem ipsum).

by P. Braithwaite

Everything means something. I believe this.

Those of you who are even moderately familiar with layout and design, have probably seen filler text. It’s basically text that graphic designers plug into their designs in an effort to make the layout appear realistic. This text almost always starts with the phrase: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…

Well, for some ungodly reason, as I was toiling with my WordPress layout, I decided to find out what the Lorem Ipsum text actually means.

It turns out the original text is extracted from a piece of Latin Literature called “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” which translates to The Extremes of Good and Evil written in 45 BC By Cicero.

You’ll find the translation below (thanks, Wikipedia):

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. (Source: Wikipedia.net/Loremipsum.net)

I believe that words have energy — even if we cannot understand them. I believe that the unconscious mind absorbs more than we know.

Everything means something.

It’s nice to slow down and discover.