The Turning Point In A Crisis

I’m always a little loathed to use the word crisis.  This is because I see the definition of crisis as a period of danger or trouble and, as such, a crisis could be anything.

(Incidentally, I also don’t like using the word crisis because I find it staggeringly hard to type for some reason!)

Take a look at the news, for example.  I see crises relating to migrants, rapes, mid-lives, Yemen, a system for at-risk youths, housing, and Arsene Wenger facing a defensive crisis because Per Mertesacker has a knee injury.  The level of trouble constituting a crisis appears to be in the eye of the beholder.  Personally, I forgot breakfast this morning and it was kind of a big deal.

Is it any wonder we’re using the word so much nowadays?!

Source: Google

Source: Google

It’s interesting, though, to look at where the word actually came from.  Its origins are Greek, from the word “krinein” meaning “decide” and “krisis” meaning “decision” or “decisive moment”.  The word entered the English language in the 17th century in medical terminology denoting the turning point in a disease after which the person would either live or die.

Also interesting is to note how this etymology is used is a debated Chinese word composed of two Chinese characters respectively signifying “danger” and “opportunity”.   To get these right, I copied them from Wikipedia! Simplified Chinese: 危机; traditional Chinese: 危機

I quite like the suggestion of the turning point or decision leading to an opportunity to make things right, although it somewhat undermines modern use of the word in my opinion, when a lot of debate is how to avoid a crisis in the first place.  The very definition seems to make it a harder word to use than I initially thought!

In these days that pass before me
There was an anxious feeling that would hold me down
Tearing me inside
Bleeding my spirit

This is the turning point, the rising of the tide
No fear inside
This is the change that takes the suffering away
No more wasting time

Face the pain that suffocates
As the past returns to torment me
Wallow in my scars
Save me before I break

This is the turning point, the rising of the tide
No fear inside
This is the change that takes the suffering away
No more wasting time

Find the strength to maintain
Give me, give me a reason to believe
Search for truth that will not change
Give me, give me a reason to believe

Find the strength to maintain
Search for truth that will not change

The Turning Point by Killswitch Engage

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