9 June 2013

Language

Language is something we use every day, yet, we don't realize how incredible that is. I mean, if you really break it down, they are just sounds. It's amazing how you can express so many things, actually express the reality using a complexity of sounds. Even more than that, the number of different languages, different sounds to express the same idea is just straight forward astounding. And what you mind can do to make you understand what the other person is saying? That's a just another amazing thing too.
I was walking home from my part-time job the other day and I suddenly found myself overwhelmed by the many sounds I was hearing. I could not understand what they were saying. All I could make out was sounds, just sounds. But I knew they meant something. Nowadays, no one talks on the phone just making random sounds. Maybe it was because I was tired, it somehow sounded a lot like mandarin, and then japanese, and then some language I didn't know. I had to make an effort to focus my mind, and then I realized, that my mind was scanning all the wrong languages, they spoke in none other than the native language of this place. I think my mind played quite a trick on me.
But honestly, if you think it through it's so awesome that we humans managed to invent something that unites sounds to a complexity that actually makes sense to us and all those who know that language. There are also other ways to express our selves, through our movements and expressions, through music. But the one thing about language is that, the understanding of it's immediate meaning doesn't seem to require any special talent. It requires effort, yes, but it is a lot easier for most than understanding and expressing through music.
All these different languages, sharing the roots, having their own particularities. These are the things we truly bring to this world. (I think)

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