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Words, Why Do You Fail Me? – The Limits Of Our Language

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

–Buddha

How do you go about explaining a concept that the other person has no relationship to? You can try to find some similarities with things they already know about.

Will that bring the person a bit closer? Yes. Will they grasp it completely? Probably not.

I’ll be as clear as I can here: Language is just a representation of the actual thing.

It can help us relate to and understand each other, but there’s a lot of room for interpretation and misunderstanding. You probably recognize the experience.

And that’s the key word right there. Experience.

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If we try to explain a cow to someone who’s never seen or heard of a cow before it’s kind of hard to do, you know? Four legs, hooves, makes a weird-ass sound, you can get milk from its udders (yeah, explain that process!), four stomachs and all that jazz.

No matter how detailed we get it’ll still be kind of hard to put that picture into the other person’s mind. Once they finally see the actual cow they’re still probably going to say: “Well, it’s close but not exactly what I’d envisioned.”

Words fail to capture the experience.

This doesn’t mean we should stop using them or limit ourselves to saying “Om” or “I am Groot”.

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Alright, we get it already!

We still have the urge to convey thoughts, emotions and concepts to others. Be it in writing, song or speech. As long as we haven’t got mental transferral of information, words are the best tool we have.

They’re beautiful symbols we transmit in the hope that they might trigger some visceral reaction in the person receiving them.

But we should always remember: that is all they are. There’s no substitution for the experience itself.

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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