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The words that break us also make us

It’s not easy to accept that we might all be implicitly, irreducibly and intractably broken and regardless  that such an assertion forms the basis of rationalising exactly why the human world is in many ways such a shambling mess of confusion and fear, the possibility remains that even while we find acknowledging our limitations to be unpalatable – it is much healthier than waving grands banners of duplicitous deception and meaningless narcissism to which we then might seek to attach these hollow, haunted selves.

Indeed, the language through which we self-reflect and communicate is as similarly and unsolvably broken as are we all . It is useful to consider this mystery of the words we structure our thoughts with and the worlds we build with them. In understanding what we think and the limitations of the primary tools with which we do so, we might come to understand the selves and others orbtribal identities we all come to inhabit as a function of this broken system of culture, communication and complexity

Why is language “broken”? This is far beyond simple ambiguity or the constructive dissonance of divergent interpretation or diversely moving and accelerating reference frames in cultural or psychological (and cognitive) time and space. It is in an implicit extensibility and open-ended metamorphosis of this system of symbols and meanings that we can identify both the necessary broken and the inevitable breaking symmetries of logic and information of which we and our memory as embodied or encoded experience are each and all unique microcosms.

In this sense (above), we are not strictly-speaking broken, we are breaking and individuating patterns that follow the gentle drift of probabilistic entropy as a wavefront of difference and psychological distance that creates us even as it disassembles us. Language is a wily fox, though, and seeking to unveil its flaws rapidly becomes problematic.

It is perhaps enough to notice at this point that we are (all) far more interested in – and fascinated by –  the words that break us over those that make us because this is language’s optimal and autonomously self-propagating method of reproducing itself both through and as us.

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