Seven Wonders

http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geekergosum.wordpress.com/15386/

Khalil Gibran once said that:

We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words.

He never said what those seven words should be, which makes it as useful a question as “how long is a piece of string” or “do I look fat in this”. This is the kind of philosophy that would go perfectly in a fortune cookie or a christmas cracker.

So while a certain artist/poet/writer is too lazy to answer his own question I guess it’s left up to the faithful blogger to have a go. I did ask Mrs G and her suggestion was “I don’t agree with the idea” and then when I asked her about it she said something about the human experience not able to be distilled into the simplicity of a handful of words, I didn’t like to interrupt her and say she had only given me six words to begin with.

Here then are my suggestions

Safe – it is always a good idea to find out whether something is dangerous or not. It’s what generally separates the living from the dead, and has been the downfall of many a man. By keeping safe it will allow humanity to distinguish (and ask) whether an item or activity is going to have a serious impact upon their survival.

There – Normally my response when Mrs G asks where her phone/handbag/remote control/drink is. If I lost this then I would have to do a lot more getting up and bringing her things rather than just telling her to go fetch it from the place the missing object is located (normally about 30cm to her left).

Help – Can be used as both a demand and a question, even if it is one of the most difficult words to use. Perhaps by it constituting 14% of a person’s language capabilities means that it will be spoken a lot more when it is needed.

Mine – Let’s be honest a lot of what we do is to acquire stuff, whether it’s working to earn a salary to buy pretty things or just out hunting sabre tooth tigers for fur and food. We like to collect, it’s as though Pokemon is the logical conclusion of our existence. Therefore we need a way to tell others what is ours. It’s also The Feliciraptor’s favourite word

Evidence – With some of the above words (Safe, Help, Mine) it would also be useful to ask a question back. By asking for evidence it means we can better understand each other rather than relying upon someones word. It also means that “there” can be used to point out any evidence to support the claim that this is in fact not my sabre tooth tiger and I have just misplaced my own carcass.

Not – As with logic statements this is a handy modifier for all other words to give them an opposite meaning and thereby doubling the amount of words we can now use. I’m a linguistic genius, tell me who else has doubled the amount of words that can be used?

Love – I ran out of ideas, and this seems like it should be one for I don’t know, feelings and emotions.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Seven Wonders.”

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Thanks for the great idea, Mati!

Filed under: Musings Tagged: Daily Post, English Language, Khalil Gibran, Postaday

from WordPress http://geekergosum.com/2015/10/22/seven-wonders/
via IFTTT

Published by Geek Ergo Sum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

bedworththeatreco.wordpress.com/

Amateur Dramatic group serving Bedworth since 1973

LauLauLand

Fashion X Film

siuquxemovies

thriller,spy,action,drama,detective,medical thriller,horror,mystery and paranormal movies

Barnaby Taylor

Have YOU joined the #VIROSWARM?

The Lonely Tribalist

Portland, Oregon | Est. 1993

Magnanimous Word

...words to please your heart...words to change the world

My World With Words

Pieces of the Whole

London's My Lobster

Curious twenty-something under the impression that the city is her oyster/lobster

MARION G.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS

A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

A Hopefully Formerly Depressed Human Vows To Practice Self-Approval

The Renegade Press

Tales from the mouth of a wolf

DoubleU = W

WITHIN ARE PIECES OF ME

%d bloggers like this: