February 27, 2011 5 Comments
By: Peter Parker
In a world where queer theory and feminists readings dominate the realm of academia, the analytical method known as esoteric analysis is, sadly, restricted to the outer fringes of the world wide web or conversations I have with the homeless guys who congregate under the local overpass… and usually the homeless guys wander off when they find out I don’t have any change, booze or drugs. But who needs stuffy academics and smelly hobos anyway? With nothing more than girl-friendlessness induced free time, a brain polluted by archaic pop culture, access to an online etymology dictionary and completion of a first year myth and symbol course from a semi-reputable university, you too can have hours of fun, ringing, highly tangential, evidence for the presence of mystic arcanum from the beloved situation comedies of yesteryear. Think I’m joking? No my friends, I’m deadly serious.
For example, did you know that the 80′s sit-com The Facts of Life is filled with Garden of Eden/Pastoral imagery? Nearly every character’s name means something like field or garden. Why? What secret purpose does it serve? What unseen hand is responsible? I do not know? Perhaps it speaks some greater truth about the human spirit, after all, like the song says; “The facts of life are all about you, you, you, you!” Now onto the magic…
Facts of Life
Edna is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “one who renews”, possibly coming from the same root as “Eden” (as in garden of). Strangely, the name Garrett may be related to Garth a Scandinavian occupational name, adopted as a surname in the 20th century, meaning “keeper of a garden.”
Natalie is a name of Latin origin meaning “birthday”, referring specifically to the birth of Christ (an event that will return mankind to the lost paradise of Eden). In Christianity, Christ is considered the New Adam. The last name Green, is Old English in origin referring either to someone who lived near the village green (a kind of field) or to a person who dressed as the green-man at the May Day festival (a festival of renewal). Read more of this post