Thursday, November 10, 2016

Why are there empty words?

logos: to speak; it is the root word of:

logic: to reason

In other words, it is an unspoken assumption that when we say something, it has gone through some manner of processing first. Neh? Language is the gift of communication, not a barbarian's grunt. I know there are barriers and limits, but they can be stretched to a point. J.M. Coetzee once wrote:

"...he finds its first premise, an enunciated in the Communications 101 handbook, preposterous: 'Human society has created language in order that we may communicate our thoughts, feelings, and intentions to each other.' His own opinion, which he does not air, is that the origins of speech lie in song, and the origins of song in the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul."

Both are nearer the truth than what we hear these days.

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