|Looking at ourselves internally (the nature of
consciousness) and externally (the nature of human history), it is clear that our use of
language has become more and more abstract, far removed from the external, concrete
stimuli and situations which prompted the original develop of speech and words and
language thought. Today, we think, speak, write with great facility, great agility, and
great speedand at a far remove from the world out there.
tigers are no longer the problem they once were for us.
But what if our language and our internal physical reality are so
closely linked that, during the long period of increasing language facility, we have
unknowingly lost touch with certain neuro-linguistic effects which might have been one of
the primary causes (or effects) of the original development of language?
For example, a person using an ancient mantra such as "om mani padme hum"
("the jewel in the lotus") 5,000 years ago would experience effects much more
readily and easily than would a person using the same mantra today.
Could it be that there was (and still is, if we re-find it) some profound mind-body link
between the speed, rhythm, and sound of language and the speed, rhythm, and sound of our
(Musicality may also have been involved; the surviving tonal languages may offer us
important clues to forgotten origins and effects of music.)
If such an ancient link between mind-body and language exists, then perhaps our vastly
increased speed and greater tendency toward abstraction have removed us from contact with
and awareness of that link.
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