I wonder what the world would be like without written word. What a depressing thought, right? You wouldn’t be here reading this, connecting with me in some way or another without word, just as I wouldn’t be able to ponder these questions in the first place without the ability to write them down. Word is meaning, definition, IDENTITY. Can we think without word? And therefore can we exist without thought?
But before we answer this, maybe we need to differentiate between whit it is to exist and what it is to Live. I breathe, I eat, I sleep. I am alive, and therefore I exist. Nothing more. Simple, basic. A collection of responses to the environment, interactions with the world of influences and stimuli. But I also Live, more than a pile of chemicals and elements arranged in a delicate pattern which is identical to every other human being on this planet. I am different because I Live, I experience, I impact the world back. I think and my thoughts are expressed through word. I can record, archive and quantify emotion, creativity, and expression, make them tangible in this material world. I can make my existence Life. My words define me, make me this way, and I have to say, I can’t imagine a Life without them. I breathe, I eat, I sleep. But even more I Live.
Care to join me?
That is depressing. I don’t think we could take out word without taking out language, and if you take out language you take out communication, and that is an extremely slippery slope. I like that I was born now and not at some point where there was nothing to do but exist. No, I like Living.
I disagree. Without written word, we would be forced to convey thoughts in images and sound. Dyslexic people like myself would have an easier time transferring their thoughts into an understandable form, and it would eliminate the language barrier for those in other countries, making ideas even more accessible than they already are. The only differences in meaning would come from cultural ideas, but that is more easily overcome than language by simply thinking about the original thought in the context it was written. Words are incredibly restrictive. It may be a scary thought to some, but I think a world without words would be an incredible one.
Just considering a world in which I could never experience the tingle that goes through my body every time I hear beautiful words such as this
makes me shudder to imagine what a world without words would be like. However, beautiful words need not necessarily be written down first right? I agree with Matt about how much the written word is restrictive (Walter Ong’s Orality and literacy covers that topic quite nicely) Literacy is a relatively new phenomenon in the history of human culture. of course it’s played a great role in making us cynical and skeptical and able to question long standing myths, but it’s also reined in some of our creative potential. most people forget that poetry throughout history was made to be recited rather than to be read individually. I come from an oral based culture, and I can argue that this did not reduce my love for words in any way. I have much love for the written word, but i kind of like all words in general :)
you can communicate with pictures…all animals do…humans can…but; few know how…for dyslexic people…i agree with matt…it would be an excellent way to communicate…my question to you matt is…because; the electric impulses for dyslexic’s is already off, would this make it even harder for dyslexic’s to learn and use? :D
I don’t know, I think it just seems like it would be more natural for dyslexics. I know I can use music and images more fluently than I can use words. I don’t think it would be as much of a “learn and use” thing, honestly. It just seems more instinctual, more right-brained.
I know sign language. Many forms of it, too, not just the proper ASL. SO I could more than function.
However, I LOVE words. I KNOW words. I know how to bend them and twist them to form what I need to convey. I personally couldn’t LIVE without words. Exist? Yes.
ok…i see…thank you :D
so; matt, i did not know dyslexia was contained in the left brain…i thought it affected and effected both sides…interesting :D…i know stutters can sing easier than talk…
i am wondering if; clearing the mind would also help heal the mind…if; i am not mistaken…the problem occurs at the synapse …maybe clearing the mind would help to repair the synapse so the electric charge could travel without hinderance :D
I honestly don’t know if it’s contained in just the left brain, but everyone I know who is dyslexic has a much easier time with right-brained concepts. I haven’t done any actual research into the subject, so I may be jumping to conclusions. So don’t quote me in a paper on dyslexia or anything like that. XD
Alex, the way you viewed it made me look again and see that…it COULD be good in that it would force us to truly communicate, verbally, physically, etc. Face to face in most cases, in order to properly convey what we were saying. Still…I love books…*tear*
Alex: True, we probably wouldn’t have those things as we know them now. But it’s fun to think of the alternatives. For instance, computers. Programming languages would need a completely new system. Perhaps a sound-based one? Or light-based? And then there are the technical problems of how to make it actually work and how to make it efficient. And also, as for learning to do things, that’s the way it used to be, through apprenticeships.