Here is a first step that can help
Trying to figure out words is not a walk in the park. In truth, it takes work.
I’ve been at it for 6 years, yet it still feels like I’m only just getting started.
Paraphrasing Patrick Rothfuss, “Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself.”
If you’re not careful, trying to figure out words makes you wanna cry.
Just getting started?
When you’re just getting started, the first challenge with trying to make sense of words is accepting that words don’t make any.
Practically speaking, you must accept that words don’t make any sense. They couldn’t even if they tried, which they’re not.
That the one with the senses, the sensational one, is you.
No-one else can do it for you.
“Once we have surrendered our senses…to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our eyes and ears, we don’t really have any rights left.” – Marshall McLuhan
The sensational: You
Surrendering any of your senses to who would benefit from them isn’t a winning strategy. You can’t win with a losing hand.
I’ve recently explained that the story of words isn’t told at school for one reason only, so they can keep telling the world’s longest lasting lie in peace.
For thousands of years and with no end in sight, the world’s longest lasting lie has consisted of educating the children that the words in certain books not only make sense but that they are, in deed, the truth and nothing but the truth.
Against those who claim to have found the truth in certain books, of which they claim to have a copy, it explains why Galileo Galilei had to defend himself with “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, has intended us to forgo their use.”
That is why for many word-users, accepting the fact that words don’t make sense is too big a hurdle to take in one fell swoop.
It is all up to you
For many word-users, accepting the fact there are no truths here is too radical a change.
The only thing in writing are words, and what you do with those words is all up to you. Nobody else can do it for you. The words don’t have anything to do with it.
Remember, the one with the senses, the sensational one is you.
Don’t be fooled. No-one else can have your senses for you.