Yesterday’s post on the spectrum of duality incited one blogger to start a comment thread on his own blog. I have a few thoughts on cyber hijacking but more importantly, he made the dreadful mistake of quoting me. It is not the quoting I mind (I’m honored in fact) as much the fact that my posts – on the whole – cannot be consumed piecemeal. Either you swallow the whole thing or you keep your appetite for another time.
‘Bernd is a semantic’, I was told yesterday by Art.
‘When he says table, he assumes we all know the precise definition and dimensions of the thing’, Art continued.
‘When I say table’, Art said, ‘I think of the concept. We are miles apart!’ He chuckled.
I stopped in the middle of a street in Munich and faced him.
‘Art’, I said, ‘when I say table, I will imagine it, sit on it and it becomes a chair’.
In my world, words are meaningless collections of letters. Every word I use comes as an empty shell and before it means anything, I need to build a little landscape around it. Each word gets its own front garden, plumbing and roof. With that, the word gets meaning.
In the beginning was the word and the word was meaningless.
Curiously, in the very post I refer to, I suggested that language is the cause of a lot of miss communication because by necessity it is a serialization of something real and far more complex. A “blue box” becomes two separate things when described because we haven’t worked out how to describe it holistically with a single grunt.
In business, science and many other fields, we have very clear standards for expressing ourselves. Such language is highly codified with style, common descriptions and clichés making sure we approximately understand each other.
But here, on planet GeneticFractals, I deliberately stay away from such standards. Some of these posts have (mildly) unconventional structure, words get redefined and I attempt to use rhetorical devices to convey a thought that isn’t specifically written down. The purpose being that I want you to get to the last line and be left with an after image or a thought that hopefully conveys my real ‘message’. Ideally, it is an ‘aha’ or ‘OMG’ type thought.
I rarely really manage it, but I try. This is a “GeneticFractals tries it” blog. Regardless, one thing is for sure, if you pick out a line from these posts and stick it on the fridge, or worse, on your blog, it will shiver from its nakedness and develop a death wish. It will reverse its meaning and if you are sufficiently lucid you’ll say, ‘what the hell!’.
That doesn’t mean I don’t want to be quoted on quote.com (yes, I know that is a stock market site) but just remember that it is your inspiration that you are quoting, not my words. I hope so anyway.
So consume at your own peril. And enjoy.
PS: forget all of the above, I was just annoyed with the cyber hijacking.