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Word Nerd: Volition

volition definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyVolition is an act of making a choice or decision. Volition derives from the Latin velle (to wish). Volition was borrowed by the English from the French in the 17th century.

Volition was first used to mean an act of choosing. Herman Melville used volition as such in Moby-Dick “Almost simultaneously, with a mighty volition of ungraduated, instantaneous swiftness, the White Whale darted through the weltering sea.”. By this time, however, volition had picked up the secondary meaning of the power to choose, and this remains it’s most common meaning now.

Vote of your own volition digital art collage by Ella Patrice of LaWhimsyVoting is a true way to exercise one’s volition.

Volition is an incredibly apt word right now since it’s election season. It’s beyond time that we the people in the U.S. get out and make our voices, our choices, our own voltion heard. We deserve to live in a country where our bodies are our own, where food, water, shelter, medical care, etc. are rights not privileges. There is so much at stake right now, not the least of which is the right of all to live without fear – no matter our ethnicity, skin color, faith, economic status, gender, sexual preferences, etc. Act of your own volition and get out there and VOTE!!!

Namaste ~ Ella

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