Understanding Language, Gadamer

OK. I know this isn’t particularly coherent, but a lack of sleep over the New Years and this urge to write has brought about this thought and it would be helpful to understand that these ideas in a forum where I’m not necessarily required to be coherent. I think I do have the basic structure of my paper here; I just need to elaborate on a few concepts.

Gadamer says that “all understanding is language.” On one level, would, in view of the dialectical relationship between Account grip on human and everything it encounters, I accept this statement. But I can’t help but ask … What about art? Is understanding not sometimes Visual?

A possible answer to this question may reside in Account view of language. What is language? Is language words? Or is it something completely different? If we perceive language not as word elements, but rather as a dynamic exchange of ideas, Account claim begins to make more sense.

Gadamer talks a lot about the game, emphasizing the priority of playing of its participants. We tend to think of ourselves as topics of the event play “* I * are playing a game.” But in reality, a person who really has found the game lose themselves to the spirit of the game, the game’s own structure and rhythm. In this sense will be participants in a game of objects instead of the items.

Language works the same way. The condition of being of language is the back and forth movement of dialog that can be stopped, but never completed.

Account tanks lose context, if we think of understanding as a goal, a finality. But understanding that understanding is not a goal, but a never-ending process delineated only by the infinity of its participants.

Understanding requires two participants (at least–but maybe only? A participant can have more dialogue, but dialogue can have more than two participants?). Process of being open to ideas, share ideas, and criticize/espousing ideas of the other, so that our own horizon broaden … this understanding.

Art is therefore not to understand, but participates in the understanding. In the same way, we can equate the text with language. Text on a page is also the only participant in understanding … not to understand itself.

A work of art, be it a painting or music or a literary work does not have to be until it is interpreted, like our being is actualized in the encounter with the work of art.

Therefore, Gadamer can justify using the forward and backward movement of the language as a metaphor for human comprehension of all objects.

Enough Procrastinating

Uh, I have nothing interesting to say, but I’m writing, so I’m procrastinating. I need like an update or something to do, but since I have like four friends I never get asked how I am doing sooooo…..

In other news, over break I’ve was watching old shows on netflix, not ones that I knew, but just anything that looked good. I found one Prison Break and thought why not, so now maybe I will do some sort binge this weekend over it this weekend. And I know you’re all very excited for that.

Because It Hurts

If you think your in love with your best friend don’t rush and try to make sure 100% before jumping into anything because if it turns out that that’s not what it was and you tell him? You could lose him as a friend, as well.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe less so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.”

— Marilyn Monroe

“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.”

— Dan Millman

“If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart – where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again.”

— Gilmore girls

“God doesn’t give you people you want, He gives you people you need – To help, hurt, leave, or love you so you can become the person you were meant to be.”

“Letting go doesn’t mean we don’t care. It doesn’t mean we shut down. Letting go means we stop trying to force outcomes and make people behave. It means we give up resistance to the way things are, for the moment. It means we stop trying to do the impossible – controlling that which we cannot – and instead, focus on what is possible – which usually means taking care of ourselves. And that we do this in gentleness, kindness, and love, as much as possible.”

— Melody Beattie