March 16, 2018 . 0 Comment(s) .
How do we communicate? Even deaf and blind people have their own language and every language has basically the same words and ways to express emotions, thoughts or ideas. Of course there are the exceptions. Remember when I mentioned a specific French word called La Douleur Exquise which implies the heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can't have in my previous entry last year entitled Koi no Yokan?
Here's a very interesting thought though, what if the true potential of everything is limited by our ability to express it? That was probably really confusing so let me break it down for you. My hypothesis is that our words actually constrain thoughts and feelings. We really don't have any other way to describe things to other people except for talking, descriptions are sometimes all we have.
Sure, we can watch YouTube tutorials or replay that one scene in the movie that was so hilarious no one can talk about it without wanting to burst out laughing. Those are more pure moments where the emotion is completely original and isn't tainted or biased by how the person phrased whatever story they were going to tell you in the first place.
Love is one of those strong emotions that is indescribable and we all really just use comparisons to try to communicate what a strong feeling it is. A lot of people, well in movies or cheesy romance novels, will say that love is like floating on air or something equally as vague and completely ridiculous.
See? It's not something you can put into words instead it's just easier to feel it and revel in it. It's the same with any emotion especially anger. When you're angry, sometimes it's difficult to explain exactly why and to what extent and in everything it's the same, the words we use to communicate can sometimes confuse the true meaning of what we are trying to express.
So the second part to this problem is, if words in fact do constrain meanings and limit our ability to experience certain things, then what do ideas and emotions actually feel like? This is probably something no one will ever know unless we advance in some crazy ways with alien assistance. With that, if we are able to experience pure thought and emotion, will there be no more creative barriers?
I feel like art is one of those things that comes the closest to eliciting a pure response and not just paintings but any form of art like music, writing, drama and literally anything that can be considered art. The reason is that it is very hard to tell someone how they should feel about a piece because as soon as a person has been exposed to it they are already formulating an opinion. Something in their brain pulls up an emotion related to it or even a past memory to associate with the piece and help draw conclusions about it.
Overall, what would things feel like if we had no restrictions? People who have been in a dark place for a long time, whether it be emotionally or they really just spent a long time in the dark describe sunlight as something better than any artificial high. Granted there are vitamins in the sunlight that can cause those chemical changes in the brain but it is such a strong feeling people are even moved to tears when they experience it. No one can tell you how to feel about the sunshine hitting your skin or how happy you should get at the little joys in life.