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