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!