Khalil Gibran once said that people as a species would never make it , or understand one another unless we could reduce our language to seven words. If this were true what seven words should we choose? There are over 1 million 13 thousand words in the English language. How could we reduce that down to just 7 ? Seven words to explain every emotion , every human feeling, every human expression. Anger. Confusion. Hurt feelings. Love. Happiness. Sadness. Exhaustion. Fear. But to have the words stripped down to seven and that is all you are left, you would have to use your facial expressions, and body language, and finger movements to get all your thoughts and emotions across. So what 7 words would we choose? How would we choose? Would each person get 7 words? Or would the human race have a committee to choose 7 for all of mankind? That would be considerably more difficult ! I’ve tried to think of which words I would choose ………….1. Love , obviously…..2. Sorry 3 .Hungry 4.Thirsty 5. Want 6. Cold 7.Hot Because the only thing I could think that we’d really NEED words for would be for the basic things. Everything else would have to be stripped down to a sign or something instead, or would have to be written out into symbols. We are such a language based society we find it almost impossible to think about a society without words. How to function? How to work together? How to even travel inside a city without words. I’m thankful that we have words to help us find our way through the world , through the galaxy , for me it’d be a lonely universe with only 7 words to share between us.
~ Just wondering~
What happens in the tree!
I’ve had the strange sensation,
thoughts swirling in my head.
Like , “Where do fireflies go at dawn?”,
“Where do they go to bed?”
“What do owls dream about, ”
“while sleeping in their tree?”
“Do they dream about their night flights”,
“and where the mice might be?”
“What fancies do the small bats see,”
“what memories do they keep?”
“I’d like to listen to their thoughts,”
“when they are fast asleep.:
Where might we all travel?
Which place would we be?
If we could know the night owl’s thoughts,
while dreaming in the tree.
Ruby Jeanette Woods
I was in the doctor’s office this morning, and had kind of a weird experience. I know that people talk about this being the digital age, and I know that brings certain advantages. Lightning fast communication , and advances that our ancestors never even dreamed of. But what hit me this morning was that no one was interacting with EACH other. Everyone had a cell phone, tablet, game device, and so on. It was almost eerie. As if I had dropped into some sci fi movie scene, where everyone was plugged into machines. I half expected Will Smith as Del Spooner to come barging in yelling at everyone that the robots had taken over. ( Now lest you think I’m anti-tech, or a hypocrite, I do have a tablet that I read books on , but only if there are no people in the waiting room.) My creep fest was finally broken by the arrival of an elderly man and his daughter in law. Even though you could tell he obviously wasn’t well, he had an amazing smile, and we struck up conversation. He wanted to know if I had early voted, I hadn’t . Neither had he. I found out his name, where he lived, all kinds of things. We talked like we were old friends, and the 30 minute wait just flew by. You don’t really get that from the digital universe. It puts up kind of an invisible barrier that keeps people out of your “space”. But , then again, maybe that’s the appeal to some folks. Myself, I find the “real” world much more interesting, and we all know how “I, Robot” ends up , anyway right? 🙂