- Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry book, The Little Prince there is a conversation between the little prince and a fox about the meaning of "tame."
"Come and play with me," proposed the little prince. "I am so unhappy."
"I cannot play with you," the fox said. "I am not tamed."
"What does that mean 'tame'?"
"It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. It means to establish ties."
"To establish ties?"
"Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . ."
"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower ... I think that she has tamed me ..."
In some languages the word for peace and the word for tame are translated with the same word.
Gentle Tame Kongo Peace
Kongo an African language
of the Congo translates the word peace
as "kikœndi" which also
means friendship, friendliness, intimacy
a similar meaning to "Ngemba"
peace, friendship and intimacy
Another Kongo word, "Lembama"
has lots of meanings
to be tame and meek
gentle, appeased, demure
civil, calm, quiet
docile and humble
to be at peace
all held within one word
Tame Aramaic Peacemakers
In Judeo-Aramaic spoken in the Middle East
"mšyn" or "mǝšayyan" means peace-loving and tame
"mšynˀyt" is peacefully or tranquil
"mšynn" or "mǝšayyənānā" is a peacemaker
or peaceful while "mštyn" or "meštayyan"
mean peaceful and reconciled
Two Kenyan languages merge peace and tame
Tiriki's "khuhonjeritsa" is make peace and tame
as well as quiet, soothe, calm and pacify
In Wanga the word "omulembe" means peace
"okhuhotseresia" means quiet, soothe, calm
tame, make peace and pacify
On the Gambier Island of French Polynesia, "Aio" or "Ao" means peace. "Magaro" means many things: courteous, pleasant, of easy manners, peaceful, quiet, of an agreeable flavor (said of food). "Aka magaro" is to render soft, to soothe or appease, to bend, to tame, to render quiet, to become accustomed in the Mangareva language of Gambier Island.
Imagine if we all became tame, building ties with each other and then became accustomed to and soothed by to a peaceful world.
About the Author
Kimberly Burnham's new book: Awakenings, Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, A Daily Brain Health Program is available for free download on Feb 14-15, 2019.
Learn more about Kimberly's work.