the root of language

As a human organism develops the capacity for language, distinct patterns begin to emerge. An identifying of “this body” is possible. From the identifying of “this body,” an identifying of “me” and even “my identity” can emerge.
A body has certain qualities which tend to be consistent over time and so can be categorized in language: sizes, shapes, ages, genders, and colors of skin, hair, eyes, and so on. Personal names and family name and group names can be learned as “mine” or as “not mine” (Christians, Americans, Californians, vegetarians, teachers, music-lovers).
Austria, Vienna, St. Charles's Church The Tetr...

Austria, Vienna, St. Charles's Church The Tetragrammaton Yahweh intended to be pronounced Adonai (see File:Tetragrammaton-related-Masoretic-vowel-points.png). From the window above the main altar in Karlskirche on the south side of Karlsplatz, Vienna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“My identity” is composed of these various labels and names. From verbal descriptions in different combinations, one may be identify a particular combination as “my big sister” or “my uncle Jack.”

Identity and identifying are inherently linguistic. Distinct from the various distinct identities in language, there may arise an attention to one’s own presence.
This presence can be contrasted to the various linguistic categories and can be called such things as eternal, ever-present, all-knowing, the creator, the subject, and so on. Of course, the word “presence” is also a linguistic construction. However, this presence does not require any linguistic identifying. In the tradition of the ancient Hebrews, the word for this presence is traditionally not even pronounced aloud. It is the sound of breathing which is already present: YHWH.
It is not an exclusive or isolated identity in language. It is not a personality or persona or character or name.
While physical bodies can be described in qualities which distinguish one from another (like cat vs dog, tree branch vs human corpse, etc), the presence is the same presence whether or not any labeling and naming arises.  The presence is the witnessing of the operating of language and all else. It is the process of perceiving. It can be called “Supreme Being” or “Allah” or “YHWH” or “Buddha Nature” or “God” or “Chi.” This presence precedes all such labels and outlasts them all.
Français : Détail d'un vitrail représentant le...

Français : Détail d'un vitrail représentant le tétragramme YHWH, dans l'église épiscopalienne Grace, installé peu après la construction du temple en 1868, à Decorah, Iowa, Etats-Unis English: Detail of a stained glass window featuring a representation of the Tetragrammaton installed in Grace Episcopal Church soon after 1868 when the church was built in Decorah, Iowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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2 Responses to “the root of language”

  1. Angelina Alire (Heart Shaped Eyes) Says:

    Great explanation, thank you! I will be sharing it 🙂

  2. … before Abraham came to be, I AM. « Inspirations Says:

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