October 17, 2010

Filed under: Wisdom — adamsdoyle @ 2:26 pm

There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of the earth, and it is the language of our bodies. It is the language of dreams, and of action. It is the language of meaning, and of metaphor. This language is not safe, as Jim Nollman said of metaphor, and to believe in its safety is to diminish the importance of the embodied. Metaphors are dangerous because if true they open us to our bodies, and thus to action, and because they slip-sometimes wordlessly, sometimes articulated-betweeen the seen and unseen. This language of symbol is the source of who we are, where we come from, and where we return. To follow this language of metaphor is to trace words back to our bodies, back to the earth.

Excerpt from A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen.
p. 321

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