Day 883, words.

Day 883-1

I spread my fingers

trying to touch entirety

its hidden rhythm.


What do you think if you never heard words? If you have a languish can you than imagine what it is to think without the words that form your thoughts? If I think of a boat does my mind than take a picture of a boat from the folder labeled boats? How do you ask someone without language to think about a boat?

These questions bother me sometimes because it’s difficult to imagine it let alone answer them. But you can ask yourself also the (almost) opposite, do we use languish in our day to day thinking? Maybe the words we use, and think are only the top of the iceberg, a sugary coating to make it pretty. I can never recall why I got up to make some coffee. Did something in me say the words “make coffee” to…me…to who? Maybe our thoughts are formed by habits (the coffee), chemicals in our brain, hormones and functions like our hard and intestines do, independent from us.

Words are the afterthought.

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler. Friedrich Nietzsche

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  1. Mr. v.G. – (I think the word “languish” should be replaced by “language.”)
    You don’t think, the words we use, help to shape our thoughts, and the way we think?
    We aren’t always thinking simple things, like “What is that object, that carries us across the water?” Or, “I would like to be drinking some coffee.” When the thoughts are more complex than just naming an object, or experiencing hunger or thirst, or identifying something we like to eat or drink, then we need words.
    Even the quotation is ironic, isn’t it? Nietzsche’s thoughts are more complex than a simple shadow of a feeling, and we don’t just have a gut reaction to his argument, we reason it out in our brains, don’t we? His statement seems like it might be frustration over the difficulties and limitations of expressing ourselves in words.
    Anyway, a nice haiku you’ve done here.

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  2. Thanks for the tip, I changed it…
    “You don’t think, the words we use, help to shape our thoughts, and the way we think?” I was more asking about the origin of words. And what is thinking? I assume that a thought comes from somewhere and not just appears in your head/mind. Most of the times our thoughts come in the languish we speak so that is already one origin, the don’t just appear in Chinese for us. Than you have the different components of your thought that you can probably trace to its origin. But in a sense your right, no matter where the word come from they give a “shape” to your thoughts even if the source of your thought is unknown.

    “We aren’t always thinking simple things, like “What is that object, that carries us across the water?” Or, “I would like to be drinking some coffee.” When the thoughts are more complex than just naming an object, or experiencing hunger or thirst, or identifying something we like to eat or drink, then we need words.” We made a deal with each other to use these specific words to communicate with each other, but you don’t know what a more complex combination of words means for me compared to what it means to you…try describing a sunset, at the end its just a bunch of words that not really capture what you feel, maybe to you but you never know if I have an identical reaction. But explaining a complex mechanical process with words for instance is easier to do because you can agree over the forms you describe, sizes of parts and forces used.

    The Nietzsche quote describes what I try to say. “The thoughts” are the words that represent your feelings but our act of translating those feeling to words are “always darker, emptier and simpler”.

    Thank you for your comment, it helps my thinking process. These are question I ask myself and I have some answers ready, but I feel it as my duty to question these answers. Feeling right is a warning sign for me.

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