Talk is Not an Accessory
May 15, 1989
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#493 * May 15, 1989 * – 1:21 ( needs edit for abbreviations )
Notes by TK
A very subtle and potent division: everything exists dually: apparently and real-ly (otherwise). E.g., death: apparent death vs. other (real) death. Human beings only talk about the apparent. In fact, if talked about, then it’s apparent: talk is a way of determining that something is apparent. The apparent is Secondary Level activity. Human speech is a SL activity. Since men can’t speak of the Real, they over-speak the apparent, the Secondary.
Re: the question whether language can perfectly describe reality (e.g., “people can change or they can’t”) there are two answers: the apparent one and the Real one. The Real answer cannot be spoken of by ordinary intelligence. Apparent answers can’t exist without Real answers. This is why language is always lacking something. Man uses the concept/word “truth” synonymously with the Real and the word “false” as the ‘apparent’; but the Real is outside both. Is it any surprise nobody finds “the truth” satisfying?
Talk is not an accessory, not an option on the vehicle; it comes with it. At a certain level men know that language leads them astray and applauds the value of silence. But talk is like a necessary intellectual ‘enzyme’, a catalyst without which the brain can’t function. The content of talk may come and go, but talk is forever. To imagine a Secondary Level activity’s original form (primary form) would be to imagine it without talk. To “see beyond/thru the apparent” is not to see the Real; to see thru the “erroneous” is still within the realm of the apparent: Life’s masterstroke.
Men have never been intellectually satisfied by the metaphorical. the philosophical. The inexactness of comparisons, constructs, analogies always rankles. The first flaw: any two things are exactly alike in one area 4-d-wise. but (second flaw) no two things are exactly alike because no one thing can be compared to itself without inducing variation. E.g., comparison of present-day civilization to that of 100 years ago. Comparison of your own life in memory incorporates the same flaws (“I’ll never be able to recapture lost youth”).
Memory is not personal; your memory has shifted instantly after the event with further permutation—all Life’s doing—you have a piece of Life’s memory and it is constantly changing. Connection to never being able to recover exactly what you lost. All memory is a hobby, is entertainment. Men suspect that memory is faulty, is only apparent memory, but they can’t put their finger on it.