Thought of the Day: On Language…

When a man is born…there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.

—James Joyce

Without language, no thought; yet, language is an impersonal, collective and objective system of attached meanings sponsored over time (i.e., has a history). We are all immersed and limited by our specific ties to language. Does this mean that those who acquire other cultural referents, languages outside the cultural, social, and civilizational milieu think different thoughts; and, will these thoughts transliterate and translate between cultural referents? Or, are we bound by our linguistic limits to the socio-cultural boundary markers of our inherited forms? If so, then math is the only language impersonal enough to be unhinged from any specific cultural referent; thereby insuring its continued valency and impartial transcultural ascendency from all reductions to a socio-cultural and political-ideological system of meaning.

Should we seek a transcultural natural language as well?

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