One word I continually find myself returning to is zeitgeist, a German word meaning spirit of the age. I think this is such an elegant way of expressing so many ideas, encompassed in two syllables.
It sits nicely alongside my practice where I am attempting to capture the zeitgeist by intercepting the tideline.
Literally, ‘time-spirit’, from zeit, ‘time’ and geist, ‘spirit’. The words for time and tide are from the same PIE source.
(Image: Flotsam Collection, courtesy of Jo Atherton)