arr-KAY-dee-un -- (n.) Wonderfully innocent; untroubled by worry or fear.
“...she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
The Greek 'Arkadia' was an idyllic place -- rustic, pure, beautiful in its simplicity; 'Arcadian' describes all things unburdened by the complexities of a faster, more dangerous world. Arcadian is a state that often conjures the felicity of childhood; a world full of promise and endless possibility, a world of cushioned dreams untethered by the weight of experience. Such places are rare as the heart grows older -- worry, fear, experience become the weights that define the lines upon our faces. But some escape this destiny by keeping that Arcadian soul, that rustic sweetness full of innocent courage. It takes only the naive belief that not all endings are written in stone.
~Wordeby's by Chanel Rion
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