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The Challenges of Words and Language







You cannot enter into any world for which you do not know the language.

--LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN




Language entraps us within a view like two mirrors facing each other, each reflecting the other’s image. It provides the entire context of our worldview. We cannot see anything but what the word proclaims because we are looking through the word to see the world. Only by understanding how the word limits perspective will we become quiet enough to listen beyond the word’s definition. When we see the limitation of language, we are already moving beyond it.




Rodney Smith, Stepping Out of Self-Deception The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self, Shamabala Boston & London, 2011.

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