Words

Jan 28

It’s been said that everything is formed out of words. That, in the beginning, the first thing that existed, was, in fact, a word. On the face of it, this may seem like ain impossibility. But if we accept that there are gradations of meaning, that metaphor and symbol have their own reality, this is, in fact, a very profound statement (and not one bound by Christianity, the Tao Te Ching says the word is the mother of all things-another interesting anecdote, although perhaps tangential-is that many Asian translations of the Bible refer to Christ as ‘The Tao Made Flesh’).

Everything is made out of words. This is true in that language gives definition to things, it says what things are. In a sense, words define reality-at least as far as our consciousness can apprehend it, for certainly, there are things that exist that are beyond words and beyond definition.

To say that things are made out of words is the beginning of an understanding of the cosmos and how it functions. A word causes something to be. However, there is more to it than this. Put together, the words form a narrative. We are all made of words, and the words work together to create a story. The story is our life and we author it while we live-we are handed a setting, perhaps the start of a plot and then, we write the rest. Our actions may repeat themselves-is it a continuation of the story, or are we re-writing a rough draft into final copy? Perhaps both are the case.

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