“I want to understand you, I study your obscure language.”
— Alexander Pushkin
We believe we share a common language but we are mistaken. Oh we use the same words and they sound the same but we differ in meaning and nuance. Our symbolisms differ sometimes a little and sometimes a great deal. To me it’s not half as surprising that we misunderstand each other so often as that at times we manage to communicate at all. That borders on the miraculous.
Each person has their own key and codex that we can learn each step of the way. We can start out easy by asking someone what they mean when they use a different word. We can learn sense modalities and come to understand the symbolism that underlays their expression. This all takes time and patience. It’s worthwhile tho. I don’t know that there is a greater joy than true communication with another except possibly clear communication with our inner selves and the outer universe.
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