Δευτέρα, 9 Μαΐου 2011

Words are dead.

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Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration. And this is where I think language came from. I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation and have some sort of connection with one another. And it had to be easy when it was just simple survival like, you know, “water.” We came up with a sound for that. Or “saber-toothed tiger right behind you.” We came up with a sound for that. But when it gets really interesting, I think is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing. What is, like frustration? Or what is anger? Or love? When I say “love,” the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain through their memories of love or lack of love and they register what I’m saying and say yes, they understand. But how do I know they understand? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable. And yet, you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think that we’re understood, I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.


-Waking  life

6 σχόλια:

Μπόσα Νόβα είπε...

Αχ, Κατ, όσο διάβαζα το ποστ είχα αυτό το χαμόγελο της κατανόησης ζωγραφισμένο. Δεν είναι μαγικό πως ένα μάτσο στοιχείων (που βαφτίστηκαν γράμματα και σημεία στίξης) κι ένα σύνολο ήχων που οι άνθρωποι κατάλαβαν ότι μπορούν να παράγουν συνδυάζονται τόσο αποτελεσματικά και δημιουργούν το εκπληκτικότερο, επικοινωνία, δικτύωση, σκέψη ακόμα! Όσο για τα "unspeakable", νομίζω ότι λόγω της αδυναμίας τους να εκφραστούν, να εγκλωβιστούν σε έναν ήχο και να εικονοποιηθούν με μία λέξη, υπάρχει η τέχνη: ως γλώσσα/μέσο έκφρασης των όσων δε μπορούν να γίνουν λόγια.
Πάντα όμορφες και οι φωτογραφίες σου, βεβαίως :) Τσάο!

Sina Kauri είπε...

your pictures and writing
wonderful blog..

Cristina Suspiria είπε...

words are evil, yet so beautiful

it´s nice to find you!

K είπε...

words are v e r y unnecessary, they can only do harm!

Mairyliscious είπε...

ti teleies photo einai autes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pixie είπε...

That old cliche, "words are dead but come alive when read" is true to a point like you said. Everyones schemata of events and certain key words are different. So we dont know exactly what the other person feels when we ask them 'do they understand what youre going through' but I think the other person can at least relate in someway, even though its probably not 100% how you feel.