Understand language and be free.

Twenty four hundred years ago Plato and Aristotle argued language. Aristotle said that language means the use of words in a community to convey the community’s culture. Plato said that language is the soul of humanity that expresses itself in successive layers of love.

You are free to the extent that you know the difference. If you are happy to feel the way you feel the rest of your life, you probably use words the way Plato did. If you don’t want to feel that way the rest of your life, you  probably use words the way Aristotle did. If you have the courage to test  yourself, define love. I’ll respond to the first ten.

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4 Responses to “Understand language and be free.”

  1. Noah Says:

    I wonder doctor, whether or not you are a proponent of Wittgenstein’s arguments against private language.

    Do we map the world around us onto essentially unique “words” and then infer common meaning by the observation of the tangential community?

    I find that the idea is one of which is initially alluring, however with some meditation it becomes clear that there are critical problems undermining the entire concept.

    • drkinarthy Says:

      Good comment, again, Noach, you have added an important dimension to the issue of communication. I am most and foremost a practical person who functions from the truth, which enable me to be happy, healthy and wealthy. All other issues may be interesting, but I do not deal with them unless I have time to spare, which is rarely. Thus, let me summarize the whole issue of language straight from my research in 1969.

      1. Socrates and Plato rightly claimed that language has an inherent meaning, also shows up in Chomsky’s “Deep meaning” of words vs. their “Surface meaning.”
      2. Aristotle destroyed the inherent meaning of language when he emphasized the “surface meaning” of words by claiming that “different communities will have different meanings for the same words,” which is true, and it is ONE reason for the “Tower of Babel.” (wars, etc.)
      3. Wittgenstein added “Private language” (denied it too), but the fact is that he was an Aristotelian, and it created an additional problem in communication between people. “Deep meaning” (essence, universal, etc) of words is gone, not only that every community define words differently, but each person in the community redefine words differently within his family!

      NO ONE ON EARTH TRULY COMMUNICATE! BUT THERE IS A WAY OUT OF THIS MESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO TRULY WANT TO COMMUNICATE. ASK AND I WILL TELL YOU HOW, MAKING SURE THAT WE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO OTHER READERS TOO. ELI.

  2. Noah Says:

    My definition of love as of Monday February 1st.

    Love=Sacrifice

  3. drkinarthy Says:

    Noah, on target! But the ‘sacrifice’ is within cosmic parameters, that is, the universe will not ‘sacrifice’ itself to save God, only limit its expansion and adjust to cosmic laws. God will not sacrifice the Universe and go back to nothing. God will limit His freedom because He loves the Universe, and so on.

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