Monday, March 10, 2003

The tyranny of words
Words tend to compartmentalize and stifle to conformity. Every word acquires the bagge of culture and tradition and instead of serving as shortcuts for ideas and communication, they acquire a meaning all by themselves and convey meaning different from what is intended. The medium frequently becomes the message.

This prevents us from looking beyond words into the underlying ideas.

If we need to uncover the true nature of words, and discover different ways of looking at things, we need to break their shackles and relate them to fields they apparently have no connection with. In many cases we see they fit well, giving us proof of their 'tyranny'.

For example, let us take a look at the word 'Painting' and try to discover the core idea by taking it to fields it is generally not used with.

Poetry is painting with words. Paintings are poetry in color. Cooking is painting with flavours, textures and tastes.

Lighting is painting a space with light. Architecture is painting with materials. Software is painting with code. Books are painting with ideas.

No we get a glimpse of a broader picture of of the word painting.


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