‘In The Beginning Was The Word’


As Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote: ‘Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.‘ 

[The limits of my Language are the limits of my World.]

‘Philosophy’ he observed, ‘is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by language.’

In the beginning was the Word’. The World begins in Vac [Sanskrit]; Vox [Latin; Voice].

It can take a lifetime of observation to appreciate how much of our World is based on Language.

It fits us like a snug set of contact lenses. We view the World through them.

And we don’t remember that we have them on until something hits us smack in the eye.

Any linguistic discussion on Language must be introduced with the cautionary note that you are diving headlong into the swirl of the Self-Loop. It is Language on Language.

So watch your step. And try not to take long leaps.

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