“Words do not express thoughts very well; everything immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.”
– Gautama Buddha
More often referred to as Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha makes a startling linguistic observation: there is no way to express how we feel in the silence of the self.
Once again we return to the nagging nature of language. For if the library is infinite, as Jorge Luis Borges pointed out in “La biblioteca de Babel,” then language is infinite too.
Scientifically speaking, language takes on permutations and combinations ad infinitum in large part due to its evolutionary nature.
No wonder we struggle to express our innermost thoughts and make them relevant.