Greg Heil | 6:34 AM
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"I think that Gorgias was right on when he said that "the effect of speech upon the condition of the soul is comparable to the power of drugs over the nature of bodies. For just as different drugs dispel different secretions from the body, and some bring an end to disease and others to life, so also in the case of speeches, some distress, others delight, some cause fear, others make the hearers bold, and some drug and bewitch the soul with a kind of evil persuasion." I don't think this was exceedingly dramatic, but I do think that most of the time, language is just a communicator of a greater reality. IE, I don't think it is reasonable to believe that language creates reality.
Let me use an example to clarify:
When I'm talking with my wife, my words and tone can carry a lot of weight and can significantly impact our relationship, for better or for worse. Sometimes I can say the right words in the wrong way and it can cause an issue. And sometimes, the words I say, such as "Will you marry me?" can excite a very intense, emotional response. Or if I was to say something very insulting and damaging, it could incite an intense response the opposite directions.
Of course, this raises the question: Is it the language that is causing the response, or the feeling/actions behind the language? I think it's a little bit of both. My tone and word choice can go a long way to determining how the conversation goes, and of course, so does hers. But for the most extreme examples, such as in the case of the proposal, it wasn't so much the words themselves as it was the sum total of the experiences in our relationship up to that point that caused her to react joyfully.
So in conclusion, sometimes language (the words you choose and the tone you use to say them) really affects those around you, but most of the time language is just the communicator of a greater reality. And it is THAT reality that really has the power!"
Your Turn: So what do you think? Does language create reality or does it communicate a greater reality?