Words have no intrinsic meaning. They are just a collection of arbitrary symbols, used by in order to create meaning.gabrielbranbury wrote:I dont get it. Sometimes things like this just take me a while. Or I might never understand.Individual wrote:So I don't just seem like I'm playing games... See this:
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So, I can see something and go, "ABRABRABRA" and some other human can see the same thing, and use a different word, or he can use the same word for a different experience (this applies to phrases too, which are just combinations of words). And so, "meaning" is not part of either reality or language, but something which is ascribed to reality by minds. If our minds are different, we are essentially in a different reality (because of a differing perception) and no matter how much we talk, unless we both make a genuine effort to understand eachothers' minds, no quantity or methodology of talking will help clarify things.
And so, when you understand how words work, you see that there is never any point in debating definitions and interpretations (the "true meaning" of texts). Words are just a tool, in order for people to express their mind & understand others' minds or to play with. More often than not, words are just for play-time.