“Two roads diverged…I could not travel both…. Yet knowing how way leads on to way…I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” –Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” (1930)
DIVERGE: differ, vary, contrast, deviate, bend, branch off, fork divaricate, DIVERGENCE: branch, fork, crotch, detour, deviation. DIVERGENT: dissonant, factious, factional.
DIVERGE: To go or extend in different directions from a common point; branch out; to differ, as in opinion or manner; to depart from a set course or norm; deviate; to run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions; to become different; to run apart; to separate; not to converge: to have no limit, or no finite limit; to differ from a typical form; to vary from a normal condition; to dissent from a creed or position generally held or taken, or from the truth; in different directions (not directly opposed) from a common point; a receding one from another: opposed to convergence: as, the divergence of lines.
DIVERGENT: A departure from a course or standard; differentiation in action or character; deviation; a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions; the act of moving away in different direction from a common point; moving or situated in different directions from a common point, as lines which intersect: opposed to convergent.
DIVARICATE: To diverge at a wide angle; spread apart; to branch off; forking; to turn away or aside, as, to divaricate from the will of God; to diverge widely.
“You are what you can’t stop doing.
What someone is passionate about, that person and that thing will intersect.
Passion involves compulsion.
People–all people–have compulsions that draw them away from their safety and their best interests.
People and what they love don’t always intersect.
People and their compulsions do.” Dialogue from Amazon Original Series Patriot (2012).