Ever since I decided to document how humanity happened, back in the year of 2016, I’ve searched every crook and cranny for what others have said about words. As you’d expect, in all those years I’ve come across a large quantity of quotes about words worth reading twice.
WHAT HAVE WORDS GOT TO DO WITH IT?
The bible is said to contain nothing but the truth, which means if you believe it, you believe in the beginning is the word.
But even people who read more than the bible, admit that truth is a word.
It is a fact that can be denied only by confirming it.
Among the things that have been written about words over the centuries, my favorite is the following:
“Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself. Impossible. Confusing. Frustrating.” – Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss is right. We come into this world wordless. Till about age 2 to 6, we, the children, don’t have a clue about what the adults are using words for.
That is because we are born wordless. Until about the ages of two to six, the newly born don’t have a clue what words are for. However, everything changes once we’re sent off to school.
WHAT HAVE WORDS GOT TO DO WITH SCHOOL?
Words are what school is all about.
At school, in the beginning, teachers teach us how to recognize, read, and write words. That is the sole purpose of school.
Next up, of course, is the teaching of the meaning of words, without which we’d only know what we’re talking with, but we wouldn’t know what we’re talking about.
And after that part of the teaching is also done, then we’re made to believe that we’re ready to use the words taught to de-scribe the world.
But how often is that true?
TO DE-SCRIBE THE WORLD TAKES A SCRIBE
To de-scribe the world takes a scribe. The words selected by the scribe have got nothing to do with it.
It’s a fact of life, words take a scribe to de-scribe the world with, That is the reason why the world keeps getting de-scribed differently as scribes goes by.
The world has got nothing to do with it.
That is what words, scribes, and the world are all about.
In the beginning is the word.