posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 02:17 AM
The OP is absolutely correct!
One of the more obscene developments of academic thought in the past 100 years has been the semiotic doctrine that language is prior to mentation --
that is, the idea goes, if there is no symbol for something, there can be no mental activity related to it.
The idea was first proposed by Ferdinand de Saussure around 1910 or so. 1910! A long time ago indeed! Never mind that neuroscience has since shown,
time and time, again that mentation can, and does, occur before and without verbal or symbolic systems! No, admitting that would undermine the many,
many academic careers based on blind worship of Sassure and his lineage (Foucault, Derrida, etc.), generally known as the "postmodernists."
Over-embrace of postmodernism lurks behind many ills in society. One example is the obsessive, almost hysterical focus on words rather than
intentions in the puritainical verbal policing known as "political correctness." If symbols and language are prior to thought, say the
postmodernists, then the words one uses are more important than than the speaker's true intentions. So never mind trying to understand what people
might really have in their hearts! Goodness, no! Let's instead hammer them to smithereens based on use or misuse of a deadly buzzword or two!
The OP is correct. It is time to move beyond verbal obsession and reach out to others on a level that embraces but also goes beyond words, to look
into the true hearts of those with whom we communicate. Anyone who has struggled to learn a second or third language knows that the only way to
make the leap to true fluency is by doing this -- intensely focusing on the body language, emotion, and intention as well as on the mere words. And
same goes for those watching or teaching a baby to learn to speak.
Communication is always more than words.
[edit on 4/30/10 by silent thunder]