Words : Friends/Enemies? This subject covers many disciplines and would need a few books to study, so, let’s say it’s a pack of seeds for a conversation.
We all meet this idea that words are reductive. They are put on things like stickers, making them simpler than they are.
It’s this idea that when you “labeled” at thing, it become true, then it’s fixed, and cages are not far.
It happens all the time, even on the lowest levels, like “Is this good or bad?”. It’s much more complicated, probably…
Words prevent things and events to be seen as complex, changing, moving and trying.
When you learn another language, you keep noticing weird things, like the fact that a word in one language never completely fit a word in the other one. Each word is charged culturally, and I own a 400 pages book only on this subject!
Travail in French is not exactly Work or Labor (proof is you have two words where only languages have one – Arbeit, in German). Labor contains a part of suffering and difficulties, right? Etc…
Now let’s have fun with Frontière : Frontier, Border, Bounday. Oh well…
Knowing this, I wrote this article because…
I watched my cat, who was watching me. I was asking myself (like many of us) :
What does she think? – and what does she think, since she does not use words in her head?
Hmm we blog, we talk, we email, we text, we share our day at dinner time : words are huge. Our thoughts are made of words!
Then I went to this area : Words are friends. They are powerful and pleasant tools, and there’s nothing better in life that a good conversation on a balcony with your best friend you have (with a glass of wine, of course). Words become, then, vessels for intelligence, sparkling ideas : friendly tools we use as virtuosos. Time flies.
…knowing that they are tricky and labeling
Find your good partner, talk about this : “Are words our enemies or our friends?”.
I’ll ask Wittgenstein, waiting for you answer in the comments.
Thank you! Thanks for reading!