Saturday, January 7, 2017
A Minute Meditation
We exist in the element of language. Someone has said that to think is to talk to oneself. The implications of this equation are critical. Language is necessary to thought, and thought (as it is manifested in language) distinguishes us from all other creatures.
-- N. Scott Momaday --
from the Preface of The Man Made of Words
Is it true then that we can think only about something for which we have a word? The appendix to George Orwell's 1984 contains a thoughtful essay on this.