of Anglo Saxon lician to please < to suit, to match
< to be like
Gothic leikan, to please
< to suit, to match <to be like
Swedish likna, to match
< lik, close; near
Scandinavian loan in Finnish: liki-
liki-näkö < myopia, close-eyedness
Middle English lich, a corpse
< a body < samelike, like
German Leich, body < samelike
original meaning: form, shape, look, a likeness to
A form is a likeness.
The idea of form is recognition. A re-cognition: again-knowing.
Again is an idea of what was before, a match, a likeness, a closeness to what was already.
What was already?
You like people to whom YOU bear a resemblance, a closeness, a likeness of
form and shape.
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray