“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.”
— Jack Gilbert
Words are powerful symbols and yet so inadequate. We all throw around words like love and faith and democracy yet we use very different definitions of the words. Yet the internet runs on misunderstandings that abound from people not agreeing on vocabulary. The average argument on FaceBook or any other social media more than adequately backs this up. Yet there are feelings that we have that if there was ever a word for it then it has been lost to antiquity. Words that describe and impart levels of emotional pain and joy that bliss and despair don’t begin to cover. Words that describe unrecoverable lost love and words that speak of what its like to mourn someone who hasn’t physically left but still has vanished forever.
If only we could find a vocabulary of the soul to express these concepts. Maybe at least, we could agree on their definitions.
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Choices by G A Rosenberg
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Oh, yes! A vocabulary of the soul is needed.
Yes, and sometimes just definition of terms when misunderstandings springs up — help
Yes, indeed, we do lack words for the things that really matters. It is strange how strong we are depending on the words to express ourselves, I have learned that as much as ninety percent of our language is non-verbal.
Thank you for sharing you thoughts, warmest regards from Tussila =)
Thank you and warm regards from Canada as well
Reblogged this on Dawn of Divine Rays.
Wandering – long banished from wondering
This barren lost vocabulary – unhallowing
Words and concepts dreamed into being
Then dreamed into the material of being
Glued a k to each passing now moment
I know – You don’t – Ongoing argument
Th’Aethereal hypnotised as Smith n Jones
Cemented – clay and limestone – stones
Stagger from audit to audit, from bill to bill
Sisyphus, cloned interminably, climbs the hill