Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Henri Bergson wrote:

Le langage pétrifie la vie intérieure.

But how can we know whether or not
language freezes consciousness
when language is the only tool
that we're allowed to have ?

5 comments:

Wofl said...

It could be said that we destroy a 'natural' perception also when we learn to read.
Then we have to read hundreds of good books to get it back (more or less).
And then we die.

Karl said...

Is all writing and reading the expression of unhappiness? Larkin: 'Happiness writes in white'.

Wofl said...

Not of mere unhappiness, but of disjunctiveness, anomie, pseudo-detachment and all those things "that make us human" (!)

Bearz said...

Language is not our only tool of consciousness. I believe that when we hear music our hearing the music lifts our consciousness which makes hearing a tool, and music a way of being lifted, whereas words dull us.

Wofl said...

A very perceptive remark, Bearz. It is also interesting that the music we like most is the music we MAKE - with non-verbal consciousness. Though as you and I know, dogs sometimes try to sing along...