Words… these marvelous things that provides us the way to communicate with eachother. But I’m often thinking… how real are they? Imagine talking with someone about some interesting shit… you may or may not be on the same page with that person, but how can you be sure you really understand what that person is trying to say? You just hear some sounds… you recognize them and you know what each one means… but is that person using the right sounds to express what he/she is thinking? Are words capable to express an idea just like it is in it’s creator’s head? Can we really see what a person is thinking based on what that person says or writes? Usually, an idea is a mix-up of images, sounds, words and feelings… how can words transmit all of that?
Moreover, how can we be sure that we really listen to that person and we are not letting our personal thoughts and beliefs to alter what that person is trying to express? Psychology says that no one and nothing can be objective. Why is that? Simply because we always filter everything through our own mind… that’s why each one of us lives in his own reality. We can’t even truly express our thoughts, how could we ever truly understand what’s happening around us?
It is said that words are the ones that can truly break us down. I think that this is because we can’t truly understand what someone is trying to say and why. And if that person is driven by some temporary emotion, he surely can’t find the right words to express his thoughts and feelings. And we break down… but for what? Not even the owner of those words can say how real are they… and I’m not even talking about lying.
Based on this, are words the best way to express our most complex ideas? What alternatives do we have?