Off topic: \"THE POWER OF WORDS... A Froggy Story\"
Thread poster: José Luis Villanueva-Senchuk (X)
| Encouragement || Feb 11, 2003 |
More powerful words...
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
~ William Arthur ~
Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.
~ Elbert Hubbard ~
The best exercise for strengthening the heart is reaching down and lifting people up.
~ Ernest Blevins ~
Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.
~ Louis Nizer ~
Happy translations for you too, JL!
| | Jacek Krankowski (X)
English to Polish
| Human uniqueness in the animal world || Feb 11, 2003 |
Frogs and bees,
how about this:
All other creatures can communicate only about things that have evolutionary significance for them, but human beings can communicate about anything....
The idea that the members of a society that evolved apparently little over hundreds of thousands of years would have had \"nothing to talk about\" is true only if we think of language as primarily a means of conveying information about the world. But if we understand it as first and foremost a means of deferring violence through the designation of a sacred mediator, then it becomes perfectly plausible that it could evolve very slowly without lacking in functionality at any stage.
| The Apple in Her Eye || Feb 12, 2003 |
I like to imagine that the word \"yes\" was the first ever invented, and that it was born in a woman\'s eye. The next day she invented \"no\" and got bopped on the head. This triggered concepts such as \"maybe\", \"truce\" or just \"I give up\" and either they adjusted or she walked off with a perhaps less-evolved, but at least more manageable primate. The \"tool-making animal\" then invented some sort of bludgeon to get even and we\'re still experiencing variants of the same rut.
I would rewrite this in Latin, but I never studied it and, anyhow, experience no heavenly mandate to push this any further
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