wu•’rng

Definition:

1.The seemingly miraculous moment of transition when compost turns from smelling the most rank to smelling sweet; the becoming of fertile soil full of life.

This involves a sort of tuning where the frequency of the matter itself changes, it is the edge of transition, like the rim of a glass.

A recognition within it that this moment, which seems like magic, is the alchemical work of bacteria, worms, fungi and other organisms  that are not not typically associated with magic. An acknowledgement that death and decay are the necessary fodder for life, growth and beauty.

2.A collective moment of transformation when what has seemed mired, foul and utterly messed up in a society turns into a progressive and uniting force. Where rotting structures and ideologies are turned into fertile ground for new growth. I.e. the compost empire or compost capitalism

 3.A feature of the collective psychological landscape wherein what has been foul transforms into that which is divine.

Usage: We felt a great werring that year as the crumbling social structures around us began to bring new possibilities for a sustainable understanding of growth and progress.

Origin: Georgia Carbone, Alicia Escott, Zara Zimbardo, 2017

Ring (English) meaning both a circular band and a high pitched sound + Wer (Indo European root)  meaning to turn or to bend. Placing the vocal emphasis on íng to reference a tuning fork.

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