Homo sapiens—how humbly and wisely we have named ourselves.
Our first name (our genus name), Homo, has its roots in the soil. The word “homo” is related to the words “humus,” “humble,” and “humility,” all of which mean “dirt” or “earth.” Our last name (our species name), sapiens, takes its origin from the Latin verb sapere, which has two meanings: “to know” and “to taste.”
So here we are: Wise Dirt, Humble Soil, Knowing Earth.
As you sit down for another meal, remember that you yourself are Earth, that you are eating Earth, that you are becoming Earth as you eat this Earth.
Enjoy your next eating moment with the wisdom and the humility of self-awareness.
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Last reviewed: 20 May 2012