From Late Latinentelechia, from Ancient Greekἐντελέχεια (entelékheia), coined by Aristotle from ἐντελής (entelés, “complete, finished, perfect”) (from τέλος (télos, “end, fruition, accomplishment”)) + ἔχω (ékhō, “to have”)
(Aristotelian philosophy) The complete realisation and final form of some potential concept or function; the conditions under which a potential thing becomes actualised.
1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
Aristotle [...] calleth it [the soul] Entelechy, or perfection moving of it selfe (as cold an invention as any other) for he neither speaketh of the essence, nor of the beginning, nor of the soules nature; but onely noteth the effects of it [...].
A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being. It is the need to actualize one’s beliefs. It is having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within.
Something complex that emerges when you put a large number of simple objects together.
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