Recently a quite philosophical thought has crossed my mind which I now want to present and discuss with you:
Pokémon or Pocket Monsters - what does this name imply?
It expresses that there are creatures which are caught with and carried around in balls which again can be put into one´s pocket (therefore Pocket + Monsters)
BUT: Considering the fact that the term "Pokémon" is a human invention we have to assume that this name has been being assigned to our well-known monsters since the point of time when humankind was created or, to speak more precisely, when the first Pokéball was inventend.
The Anime asserts that Pokemon and humans have been living together since the beginning of their being and Pokéballs have been existing since the ancient times, but it also points out that some Pokemon had already been existing before mankind appeared on earth, for example the Pokemon of Land Sea and Sky, Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza, the Pokemon of Time and Space, Dialga and Palkia, furthermore Giratina, Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf and finally Arceus.
And this leads us to the crucial topic:
->As we can´t deny that there were Pokémon existing before humans, what term they can be described with?
->Can they be named "Pocket Monsters" altough Pokeballs and humans who would use these Pokeballs weren´t existing yet in those days?
And to sum it up:
->What is their real, original, PURE name? A name which is almost metaphysical and not spoilt by the human system of language
The following thoughts could serve as a kind of orientation:
Are those questions above of any relevance, in case humans suject the whole world to their system of expressions and imaginations? Or, like Plato would object, are their certain unchangeable, eternal truths which mirror themselves in the immanent here and now?
The latter would mean that there is an actual pure and original expression for "Pokemon". Will we ever be capable of approaching this name?