The first thing that comes on my mind when I think about clouds is the fluffy, soft, white thing on the sky that looks like a pillow made up of lots of intersecting circles. I hope it is the same with most of us.
Don’t get confused with the CLOUD from Cloud Computing. This article isn’t about that cloud but the natural one.
A cloud is, perhaps, one of the words in English that doesn’t express what it is thought of to be! If it was a soft, white pillow, it should have been a positive word- right? But wait, what does a ‘cloud’ signify? Bad thoughts, negative emotions, and so on. So, when we say, “Such a clouded consciousness”, it means that our emotional and intelligence capabilities are hindered. Certainly, a ‘cloud’ doesn’t seem to be a positive word even though it looks so beautiful in the sky. We have a reason to defend it – the rain. The cloud, however fluffy and beatific it may look, always carries rain with it. Obviously, rain (eventually water) is one of the most important elements of our universe. But, the English language doesn’t think so! In romantic terms, rain falling from a cloud is analogous to tears falling from someone’s eyes. Maybe, that’s why the English language adopted ‘cloud’ as a negative word.