Noble Truth

Know thyself
— Ancient Greek Aphorism; Inscription on Temple of Apollo at Delphi

The title "Noble" has fallen out of favor because it means highborn, upper class, and implies privileged or superior to others. If you trace the word back to its origins, however, you will discover a deeper meaning. It is rooted in the Latin "gnobilis," which means knowable. It became associated with class because the Roman public officials and their families were "well-known." 

Dig a little deeper and you will discover that it comes from the Latin derivative "gno," as in "to know,"  the same root word for gnostic, which means knowing or able to discern and for "gnoscere," which is to come to know.  Nobility is the process of discerning who you are and coming to know your Self. When you know who you are and when you live from your core, you are truly knowable, truly noble. In this sense, nobility is not inherited. It is achieved.

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