I’ve been reading The Complete Ralph Waldo Emerson book and was reading the section on Language. This really made me think. Read it very slow. Read it over and over. Allow your intellect to really discover what is being said in these sentences. The language that it’s written in is truly wisdom. The link is below for the entire book.
“A man’s power to connect his thought with its proper symbol [nature], and so to utter it, depends on the simplicity of his character, that is, upon his love of truth, and his desire to communicate it without loss. The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language. When simplicity of character and the sovereignty of ideas is broken up by the prevalence of secondary desires, the desire of riches, of pleasure, of power, and of praise,—and duplicity and falsehood take place of simplicity and truth, the power over nature as an interpreter of the will, is in a degree lost; new imagery ceases to be created, and old words are perverted to stand for things which are not; a paper currency is employed, when there is no bullion in the vaults. In due time, the fraud is manifest, and words lose all power to stimulate the understanding or the affections”
Excerpt From: Ralph Waldo Emerson. “The Complete Ralph Waldo Emerson.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-complete-ralph-waldo-emerson/id891719591
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