Words and what we do with them are important that way. To an extent, we think in words, don’t we? When we say “blue”, we think of the sky, the seas. But blue was the last color to have appeared in most ancient languages (in “The Odyssey”, Homer describes a “wine-dark sea”). There is enough evidence to back the finding that until the word was introduced in some ancient languages, while people saw the color, they could not differentiate it from other colors that they already had words for. Similarly, in his novel 1984, George Orwell describes a totalitarian world where loyalty to the empire is achieved by destroying all heretic words and thereby narrowing the range of thought; if there were no words to express heresy, how could you think it, least of all commit it?
Until the tiger learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter
Radhika Radhakrishnan
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