I don’t know.
What do people mean when they say…
It is frightening sometimes, to contemplate how much meaning is lost in language. Language is a conveyance of meaning. As nuanced and complex and beautiful as language is, the infinite diversity of what it tries to convey is compacted, shrunk, confined, and rigidly formalized, in order to fit into its relatively tight parameters.
How important it is, when seeking to listen to another, to watch carefully their facial expressions, body language, variations of voice, the time and place in which they choose to convey meaning, their openness to the other, which is you. Past encounters also play an immeasurable role in conveying meaning, in mutually agreed upon assumptions, acceptance of facts and feelings, trust or mistrust, power differentials…
There are other popular means of conveyance of meaning, such as music, visual art, dance, etc.. Each conduit has its own intricacies, its own set of required skills.
Language is my channel of expression. All art forms speak to me.
One of the the things I love about language is that it can be spoken by almost all humans, used as a form of expression, to the degree to which they are able or inspired to do. Everyone who uses language is an artist of sorts, as careful listening will reveal.
The written word, which is what the universe decided would be my primary means of expression, relies on language.
The written word has much to offer the author.
It allows the author to set a context within which a thought may reside, and more readily be understood by themselves and others. It allows emotions to fall out onto a page unbidden, and to be pulled and tugged in various directions and to various depths and heights. It allows the author to express feelings and thoughts without immediately sharing them. It allows the author to temporarily pursue a line of thought or feeling, unencumbered by the reactions and feedback of the other.
And it allows the author to choose if and when to share what has been created.
So here I am, and here you are.
There is more we do not know about one another than there is that we do know about one another, and yet, we share a displaced-in-time moment.
Date: 5:00 AM EST Tuesday 16 January 2018
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“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
1908 – 1970