Friday, November 06, 2009

Say it

Still reading 'The Future and its Enemies', Postrel talks about the difficulty in expressing knowledge. She quotes Alexander Pope:
'What oft was thought but ne'er so well expressed'
She goes on to say that 'articulation is hard, scarce and well rewarded'. I have blogged often about honesty, communication, and truth. Postrel expresses these similar thoughts. Although she is talking about learning through apprenticeship and soaking up the detail, my interest was more philosophical and more based on the development of friendships/relationships/happiness.

The amusing thing is that even when something is articulated well, it may strike home for someone else in a completely unintended way. When I first started painting, my paintings were very very literal. It was tough to interpret them differently from the way I intended. Truth be told though, they weren't really very meaningful. As you let get of being literal, I think you come closer to being able to truly 'articulating' an emotion or thought, but it is not always as you intended.

I am convinced for example, that Shakespeare didn't intend quite so much of the inner meaning in some of his works that we worked through at school. And I don't care really that it wasn't as he intended. If two people listen to the same piece of music, they can both have very different reactions... the music can correctly articulate two completely different things.

Language, music, time spent together, laughter, dance, pain, art, time spent apart, things said, things not said and the inexpressible all contribute to our knowledge of each other and of ourselves.

All part of trial and error, and moving forward.
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