the ancient greek reflex of the same root gives us the prefix "tele-", acting at a distance, which is in complete contrast to the idea of attendant care in therapeia. because of course "cultivation" shouldn't be a prerequisite for caring for something, or for being cared for.
now imagining if "therapy" was the metaphor for how we interact with nature, instead of "cultivation"... we'd have a Department of Natural Therapy instead of a Department of Agriculture
the other reflex of *kʷel- in ancient greek is telos ("end")—cultivation and agriculture do have a specific telos (i.e., the total domination or taming of nature) whereas therapy I think is thought of as non-telic, by nature cooperative and continuous without a specific endpoint
(all of this inspired by like one page in Leggott's "Reading Zukofsky's 80 Flowers" btw, thank you mastodon for letting me pretend that I know literally anything about classics for a few minutes every once in a while)
@aparrish Drive by observation
We word people may be more susceptible than most to the effects of language construction upon the range of thoughts a human will and won't communicate, act on, or even have
I dunno what the context of your two posts is, but armchair etymology is a jam of mine :)
@NathanHawks true, I think it's useful to remember and point out occasionally that etymological hermeneutics like this is only intended as a way to get at how concepts and ideas exist in dialogue with each other—I'm definitely not doing social science here on what people in other eras said or thought