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Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Holism versus Wholism
Copyright 1988, Angel-Light Love

Holism or Wholism—which is it? This issue is one which has arisen in recent years as the New Age movement has grown and medical doctors and mental health professionals have begun to give credence to the concept that humans are to be treated as whole entities and not divided into physical, mental, and spiritual parts. Much of the psychological literature one sees today reflects the term as holism.

Let’s examine this. What words could “holism" come from? Let’s see. There’s the word “holy.” What does the word “holy” mean? Webster’s New Twentieth Century Unabridged Dictionary defines the term “holy” as: (1) belonging to or coming from God; hallowed; consecrated or set apart to a sacred use; having a sacred character or associations; (2) spiritually perfect or pure free from sin; perfect in a moral sense; (3) deserving reverence or worship; (4) associated with Jesus and his life; and (5) very much of a (as in “holy” terror). Except for the last instance, this would seem to give the term “holism” a meaning having to do only with the spiritual aspect of humans.

Now what else do we find? “Holism” could come from the word “hole.” How does Webster define “hole”? “Hole” is: (1) a hollow or hollowed-out place; cavity; specifically, (a) an excavation; pit; (b) a small bay or inlet; cove; often in place names; (c) a pool or deep, relatively wide place in a stream; (d) an animal’s burrow or lair; den; (2) a small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.; (3) a prison cell; (4) (a) an opening in or through anything; break; gap; (b) a tear or rent, as in a garment; (5) a flaw; fault; blemish; defect; (6) in gold, (a) a small, round, hollow place into which the ball is to be hit; (b) the tee, fairway, greens, etc. leading to this; (7) an embarrassing situation or position; a predicament; a scrape; a fix. Now how could anyone possibly use the spelling “holism” without thinking of one or more of these definitions of the word “hole”? Seems very negative, doesn’t it?

How about the spelling “wholism”? “Wholism” seems obviously to come from the word “whole.” What does Webster say about the noun “whole”? “Whole” is defined as: (1) the entire amount, quantity, extent, or sum of something; (2) not broken, damaged, injured, defective, etc; intact (3) containing all of its elements or parts; entire, complete; (4) not divided up; in a single unit; (5) constituting the entire amount, extent, number, etc.; (6) having both parents in common; (7) in arithmetic, not a fraction.

There we have it! The correct spelling is not “holism”; it’s “wholism”! No contest. End of discussion.

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Angel-Light Love
Healing/Wellbeing Facilitator