Need for a better language


 

All our languages have evolved over many years. Over years they became more and more complex adding more words, splitting into different dialects, needing dictionary, multilingual dictionary and need for translation.

What is common among all languages, is the influence of our perception of things. This perception of things in similar way benefits us in translation and transliteration. Thus we have an almost equivalent word for almost every word in every other language.

But our perception of our world had been far from perfect. This has been reflected in all the languages till date. For years men of wisdom have realized our wrong perception of our world. They have been teaching us to view things correctly.

But how imperfect is our perception and our language?
“It’s beautiful”, “it’s fantastic”, “it’s wonderful”. See how these sentences affect our emotions. What about these sentences? “It’s disgusting”, “It’s ridiculous”, “I hate it”,.. Getting to the point, our language play a major role in modeling our emotions. Or is it the other way round? Can we have emotions without language? Can mere language bring about emotions? These are some questions for us to answer.

Let us analyze our languages –
Nouns – Very unstable. Nouns are names of person, place, thing. They are all impermanent, but Nouns give it a false sense of permanence and its resultant identity.

Thus, ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘mine’, ‘my’, ‘our’, ‘their’, ‘this’, ‘that’ usually bring in us ‘possessiveness’ and false notion of ‘being’/identity and leading us to our wants, greed, jealousy, anger and so on…

Verb are actions performed by Noun. They are states of noun at a particular point in time. Verb can thus help enforce this notion of impermanence. Reduce our possessiveness. Letting us know the ever-changing state of noun. Go/going/gone, do/doing/done, run/running/ran, talking, sitting, sleeping, ‘being’, etc.

Adjectives are qualities assigned to Nouns. Beautiful flowers, nice person, ugly women,…. All these adjectives are subjective and do not always represent the actual quality of a noun. Most of the world’s “beauty” also lies in these adjectives. Coming back to our ‘perspective’, it is largely decided by these adjectives. These are the adjectives, that have made our lives worth, good, better, bad and worse.

We won’t go further into grammar of our languages. These are enough for most of us to grasp and understand our life. You are free to delve into your mind for further insight into language and its impact on our daily life.

Summarizing it, our language largely depends on our perspective. Our language in turn define how we see our life, which is mostly imperfect. Nouns give a false notion of permanence and identity. Verbs can help us enforce the correct notion of impermanence by making us aware of noun’s/our state. Adjectives are subjective and can make or ruin our lives.

So identify nouns as impermanent, do away with adjectives, get help from verbs to see the ever-changing state of noun!

We have been programmed all our lives by our language into what we think we are. Almost every one of us have been programmed wrongly, requiring us the need for books on ‘success’, ‘leadership’, ‘better life’, ‘being rich’ … to reprogram ourselves. These books are very good for most of us, but again largely dependent on our language and thus a better ‘perspective’. These are again the words that can, on the contrary, make us ‘miserable’.

Programmed or reprogrammed our perspective may not always be right. To really see things as they are, we must turn off ‘logical thinking’ dependent on language. We need a better language that works for everyone, that shows us our world as it really is. It is time we teach our future generation a better language, to make their life ‘good’, ‘better’, ‘worth’, …

Till we come up with a better language, we have age-old tools at our disposal. It’s mindfulness and meditation. That does away with language altogether to see things as they are (independent of any language constructs – noun, verb, adjectives). Now we know the real reason why ‘silence’ is called ‘golden’.

Mind can matter, …..(‘silence’ is ‘better’)…………

 

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5 thoughts on “Need for a better language

  1. Do you know, the oldest language of the world, TAMIL does not have kha,ga, gha, only ka is used for all other three letters. The same way there is no pha,ba,bha only pa,No tha,da,dha,, only ta. like that.some more letters are not there. No politician will allow to make a change. Is this right? and most of the people of Tamil Nadu except some Brahmins and intellectuals, (me too a tamilian) could not speak the right accent of their own Mother Tongue. May all accept the changes to be made. Otherwise, in public, our people will be talking itlikku satni and not idlykku chatni.

    Shankar

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    • Thanks. I didn’t know that about Tamil language. My mother tongue is Marathi, but I have difficulty reading and writing Marathi. But those from Marathi schools have a very difficult time in Higher studies as it is mostly in English. Our traditional language must definitely be preserved.

      By better language, I mean a language that shows us reality. We grow up with a lot of programming negative/positive and our views of objects/people. These become hard-coded over time and cannot be changed easily. A better language or a modified language can help a lot, where meditation takes a lot of time to bring about Insight.

      If we start now, we can have a better language very soon that will help our future generations.

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