The quotidienne use of a word that had such a different meaning only a couple of decades ago. We now see the search icon in every window – portals to the world. I’ll bet you see the little magnifying glass in the window you’re reading now. They are everywhere and searching has taken on a much deeper meaning.
We search daily using the utilitarian company who’s awesome capacity has turned their name into a verb. Yes. “Google it.” A command the gives meaning to the search. But this company name, noun and verb, hold an esteemed place in the hands of those who can afford the technology and the monthly billing to take their spaceship trip out into the universe.
“Search for the meaning of life.” A sentence utilized in religion and spiritual thinking to take a person on a quest to seek the inner soul, to find answers, to arrive at one’s true calling.
Job Search. A relentless pursuit to seek gainful employment that may be something more than service to others. A search for something that the job seeker really wishes to do that may lead to the meaning of life.
Archaeologists at the Olduvai Gorge searched and found important information regarding our understanding of human evolution that dates back to Homo habilis, a being who occupied this ravine 1.8 mil years ago in the Great Rift Valley, east of the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania. A search that proved (and continues to prove) fruitful to human history. (And though I took a basic course in anthropology at UC Berkeley in 1981 where I first learned this, I certainly had to research it on Google in order to set the record straight in my head. 20 years ago, I would have had to go to the library to seek this information and put this writing on a temporary hold.)
Research – a word that once was beholden to scientists and graduate students working on their theses. (I had to look that up too! The plural of thesis is theses and I wanted to be certain that I remembered that one correctly.)
IF YOU ARE READING THIS, then you know you research daily, perhaps hourly. You constantly use the web to research everything from how to prepare a certain dish to fixing a bike tire, where to go to eat and what reviews have been written about the new place you just found to purchasing a bike basket for your little dog to take rides with you, how to find a mate to what to buy your mate on a certain anniversary. The research is endless and we do it effortlessly. It is one of those words that I, for one, do not take for granted. As someone who went to college in the early 1980’s who had to do a lot of searching before finding the research in libraries, books, encyclopedias, dictionaries; I am ever grateful of these spaceships I hold at my fingertips that allow me to live the life of an adventurer, a discoverer, a space traveler, a grateful enthusiast of all living things. Search Searching Searched ReSearch “…to boldly go where no [lexicon] has gone before.”
Oh, yes. I “Googled” several items here which led me to my very favorite place on the web and one which I donate to regularly due to my frequent visits: Wikipedia.
And Wikipedia has a shop called Wikimedia. Wear something smart!