From the very onset as ZYGOTES, to the very end, the LIVING LOVE LIFE The opposite would be DEADly or suicidal. CERES grants LIFE and a CEREBRUM. VENUS grants LOVE for LIFE. Together, Ceres or RHEA or CYBELE, with Venus or APHRODITE produce VITAL VIGOR in JUVENILES who JOVIALLY and with the blessing of JOVE are eager to PROCREATE, thus providing subjects for study by RHEOLOGY, RHETORICS CYBERNETICS, GENETICS and TERATOLOGY.
HEALTH or SALUBRITY or SANITY is the state of optimal physical and mental stability or a LIVING ORGANISM. In this spirit, DISEASE is the persistent alteration of mental or physical homeostasis. Unstable organisms are more brittle, thus prone to meet their FINIS or FINAL FATAL FATE which for mortals is DEATH. If "norm, usual or majority" imply NORMAL, then DEATH is the NORM. Death is found at both ends of the CYCLE or SEASONS.
Many ZYGOTES which are fertilized ovarian eggs, oocytes or ovocytes, develop FATAL flaws or BIRTH DEFECTS. The same is true for EMBRYOS. Birth defects is a vast subject studied by TERATOLOGY, a science named after TERATOS for PORTENT.
In Making Babies
The Abnormal is Normal
Most people do not realize that fatal birth defects before birth are so common as to be seen as the "norm". The natural process of spontaneous abortion of defective offspring is by TERATHANASIA, a compound word linking TERATO for malformed portents with THANATOS, for death, a personage who induces eternal sleep and whose brother HYPNOS induces mammals to SLIP into reversible SLEEP.
It is natural for proGENItors of flawed gestations to WONDER about CAUSES and their propsects as parents-to-be. Increasingly GENETIC COUNSELING can be of help because it offers a systematic assessment of environmental and genetic causes of birth defects, the best ways to manage and ameliorate their effects as well as avenues to prevent their occurrence and recurrence.
SLEEP, LIMBO and OBLIVION are intertwined and relate to REST, RESTORATION, HEALING and HEALTH. Recently, scientists have defined LIMBIC regions of the CEREbrum related to sleep, thus LIMBO or OBLIVION.
In many countries, in Eastern Europe in particular, RESTorative REST CUREs are offered by "CURrord" establishments stressing sleep as the key CURATIVE.
Some poets say that those living "catch their breath" until they "expire" for the last time. When the soul or spirit escapes from the rule of Hypnos and drifts toward Thanatos and Atropa, an appointment is set for a FINAL FATAL encounter with FATE and the FATAE. Apparently, to blunt fear, MORPHEUS administers an AMNESIC, a sort of MORPHINE, to the souls crossing the river STYX. The departed arrive in HADES and enter irreversible OBLIVION or SLEEP in a state of AMNESIA.
MORPHINE, when used by the living, also induces a sort of LIMBO and AMNESIA, thus a withdrawal from reality. For the most part, addicts to morphine fall under Hypnos but those who overdose, may risk an encounter with Thanatos, which may be THANATOPHORIC.
Those who escape teratothanasia and survive infancy enter the FLOW and SEASONS of life ...
SPRING is the VERNAL season, a word implying NATIVE, NATIVITY, blooming, "mating fever" and festivals like CARNAVAL and EASTER. Poets cite a jovial joke by Jove proposing that desire is feminine, which even if true, excludes many birds. Many ANDRO or male birds fall into a "spring song fever", induced by an overflow of ANDROGENS. The music by male birds singing during spring is a symphony for mating.
SUMMER stands for maturation, ripening, and adulthood. The idea in "adult" includes "mature" and the ability to NURTURE another.
WINTER has roots in hibernum or hibernate, khaima in chimera, ihima in Himalaya and many others stressing "cold", "sterility", and isolation. Perhaps "cold old age" is often aggravated by social hibernation.
The above tales may be a lie, but their survival for millennia is nurtured by truth and beauty.