Latent Spark

Word of the Week Noted in NashvilleLatent – present and capable of emerging or developing but not now visible, obvious, active, or symptomatic <a latent infection>

Veneration – respect or awe inspired by the dignity, wisdom, dedication, or talent of a person

Latent, Veneration:  Merriam-Webster.  Definitions retrieved June 18, 2012, from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latent, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veneration

“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the “latent spark”… If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?”

John Adams, the Novanglus, 1775

Word of the Week Noted in Nashville

Noted in Nashville HeadshotI love the term “latent spark” he uses here.  It’s a beautiful image.  Here are my recycled uses for these words.  I can’t wait to read yours.

We spent July 4th filled with veneration for all those who made this nationalistic jollity possible.  We were especially happy that no harm came to ourselves or to our neighbors by the latent spark of last year’s remaining fireworks.

– Anita, Noted in Nashville

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