Tag: language

  • The popular reversal

    We love an inversion of common concepts: it feels like wisdom to flip understanding. However this tendency is not always…

  • The “knower” doesn’t know

    How we communicate can determine how we think. Alan Watts shares that, grammatically, we have a noun perform a verb…

  • Freeing speech vs. freedom of speech.

    The loss of "freedom of speech" is the end of all freedoms. Equally dangerous but less acknowledged is "freeing speech,"…

  • Life has to be lived

    The more we narrate our life, the less we are enacting t: we turn to language to fantasize and reposition…

  • The Confusion of non-interference

    In electrical systems or motors, peak performance is achieved by reducing interference. That is, to reduce friction. In electricity, ……

  • Buffering symbolic speed

    Symbols (and ideology) are tools that help us grasp and manipulate reality, like a pair of pliers or a flywheel.…

  • Educating out relationships

    Education today requires leaving, learning to speak in abstract idioms, which transmutes us into relating differently. When you return home…

  • I’m just keeping it real

    Our culture is filled with excuse phrases, often confusing bluntness with truth and rudeness with honesty. It is incredible how…

  • words matter

    To distinguish between "want" and "wish" is typically easy, but parsing between "desire" and "pleasure," or "obligation" and "commitment," reveals…

  • Enriching insight by demoting language

    Language is the dominant form to carry messages, but it is not the only means of communication and understanding. Overreliance…