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There are two things that any of us know. The internal, unintelligible reality we directly experience and the external abstract knowledge understood through various linguistic means. We experience so little in the brevity of our lives that we must rely heavily on language to understand much of anything. Sadly, language is only adept at explaining language and has the dangerous habit of overstepping its utility and needlessly flattening dynamic, amorphous experience into an intelligible but poor shadow of itself.

Paradoxically, neither shape nor logic is discernible from nebulous existence unless we intersect one formless mass with another and so cut each through the outline of the other. Two inchoate substances collided in such a way produce two intelligible ones. But each understanding is conditioned and diminished by the constraints of the unseen other.

Language maps sound onto thought and thought onto sound, spinning each like thread through its linear logic into a new form with a new face and new boundaries of possible meaning. We have to see linguistic understanding as bounded by the limitations of its logic and structure and seek other structures and logics through which to know.