who have reflected upon language have sometimes concluded that language
must contain a logic. The search for this logic rebounds ultimately
upon an idea of clarity. And rather than some logical structure, the
professorial minded arrive at the word meaning. Here, one analogy
runs, language is used to paint pictures.
world, and I guess in yours, the picture changes through the course of the
day. This or that issue or moment arises, the mind absorbs it and
there is a sense of rearranging of those things which when spoken are
Logic always suggests a
prearrangement. That hoped for predictability, which can then be
harnessed in the way that mechanical devices can. Meaning however, is
a more fluid concept. A washing of waves upon the shores of
understanding, rather than a sea turtle plodding ashore to lay eggs.
Conversation to my ear is an appraisal of
meaning. The 'I that is me' presupposed toward an endless progress in that
picture of self as others see him. For some this fondling of
"I" produces great satisfaction. For those of us who veer
toward a social autism a good hug usually does the trick.