Monday, May 05, 2008

ten ton trucks

Of ten ton trucks

George Clark 080503

  • Those who know do not speak.
  • Why not?
  • Because they realise that language distorts reality
  • How does it do that?
  • It makes nebulous things too solid
  • What kind of nebulous things?
  • Thoughts and feelings
  • How can they be made too solid?
  • They are in essence subtle and short lived but once they have been trapped in a web of words they take on a kind of 'reality' that they do not really possess
  • I can see that being true for abstract things like truth and beauty but what about ten ton trucks?
  • There is a difference between a ten ton truck as a thing in itself and a ten ton truck as a percept/concept in your mental landscape. 100 people exposed to the same ten ton truck will have 100 perceptions of it.
  • Ah yes: and the perceptions will be vague and passing until they are spoken or written
  • Yup: then the imaginary ten ton truck becomes more real than the physical one
  • Ah yes: and people come to live in a simplified world of imagined things rather than in the world as it is in itself
  • Yup: language constrains consciousness
  • So: those who know do not speak
  • Yup
  • Hmm


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