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April 6th, 2011

The Spell of the Sensuous

Posted by meloni in Uncategorized

“Merleau-Ponty’s work on language is admittedly fragmentary and unfinished, cut short by his sudden death. Yet it provides the most extensive investigation we have, as yet, into the living experience of language-the way the expressive medium discloses itself to us when we do not pretend to stand outside it, but rather accept our inherence within it, as speaking animals. When we attend to our experience not as intangible minds but as sounding, speaking bodies, we begin to sense that we are heard, even listened to, by the numerous other bodies that surround us. Our sensing bodies respond to the eloquence of certain buildings and boulders, to the articulate motions of dragonflies. We find ourselves alive in a listening, speaking world”

For my own form of techni in my life I picked writing and language expression, and I felt like this paragraph from “The Spell of the Sensuous” really captured the magic of language and its ability to embody all of the intricate emotions and pieces of life that whirl around us every day. He talks about language being an experience, one which we should be conscious of our participation in, and be fully aware of the power it lends to us as speaking and listening agents. I feel like this is the true beauty of language and the written and spoken word: it allows us to really live life in the moment and adequately express our feelings…Mark Twain said that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug, and he was right. Language is precise and deliberate, descriptive and eloquent, providing passion through observation, senses, and consciousness. With language we can respond to the abstract beauty and intricate details of the world and life around us, to, as Abram said, “…respond to the eloquence of certain buildings and boulders, to the articulate motions of dragonflies.” Language does not just describe, but lives in our actions. To fully understand and embrace all of this, we must accept that we are linguistic beings, and we live inside of a world built on language communication, and not merely regard this magical element as a secondary feature of life.

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