Saturday, January 29, 2005

A word, there's a thought.

"I have drawn from the well of language many a thought which I do not have and which I could not put into words."
(Karl Kraus, Half-Truths
and One-and-a-Half-Truths :68)

You might not think so, but drawing from language can put your thought into words. So perhaps after drawing, you can think so after all. For the mind to truly use the symbols, signs and lines of words instead of being used by others, it must be willing to draw the line. Those who try to write without being right will blur and destroy language. Their lack of judgment lies in only being willing to judge, judgment. And that is quite a lie to lie in. Who will lie with those who do?

Despite lies, everyone thinks they are quite right as they write. So Kraus "....insisted that we recognize the word as a weapon, which might be used for aggression, self-defense, or suicide; in other words, he knew that language was rhetorical, and that this has profound practical consequences for human affairs."
(Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism
of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry
By Thomas Szasz :63)

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