To understand the nature of human language – thus to understand any human story, written or spoken, regardless of its length or language – is not at all related to trying to understand what a particular story or a particular language are trying to describe. To really begin to understand our human stories is to try to understand what language can and cannot imply. Thus what is absent from stories is just as important as what is contained within them. For one cannot begin to determine our individual thus our civilization’s imaginative, literary, oral and communications limits by treating words and speech as descriptions – no matter how advanced or complex they may appear to be.


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