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How Language Limits and Liberates Us

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 13:18
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October 19th, 2016

By Paul Lenda

Guest writer for Wake Up World

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Human beings perceive everything within their realities through the five basic senses of taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell (we will limit this article to five when in reality there are upwards of 20). By experiencing the sensations of the reality around us, we create a subjective understanding of what reality is and how we perceive it to be constructed. According to the generally accepted evolutionary framework for the human race, language did not arise until very recently.

It’s a fairly novel aspect of the human experience that is so complex that it requires the utilization of more than one of the basic five human senses. Take a book for example. In it, there are words, and these words require the sense of sight in order to perceive what the thought-forms being expressed are conveying. If someone was reading that book to you, the sense of hearing would be necessary for understanding the thought-patterns being transmitted from the person reading the book to you. The reader of that book (in most cases) would also need to use the sense of touch in order to turn the page to the next stream of words that formulating another thought-form or continue a previous one.

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