Reading the Language of Leaves

It’s an easy language to learn, a lot like watching stars.

P1080379 It’s not translatable into human words, but that doesn’t mean it’s not readable by humans.

P1080354 Even writable. I bet you could do this.

P1080353 It fits well with other languages, such as the language of water.

P1080342 And when you’ve finished speaking it, you remember.

P1080327 If you were to snap it into pieces, it would still be there.

P1080316 I remember the world before I became literate. What a beautiful, physical place it was.

P1080315 I also remember stars. Some nights I go out and they’re still there. So am I.

P1080307This is no simple language. It can be very complicated.

P1080271 Just don’t try to decipher it, that’s all. As soon as you do that, you don’t speak it.

P1080258 Or read it.

P1080257 Against this, our languages, Swedish, English, German, Urdu, Kwakwala, Secwepemçin, and French, to name a few, are … well, they’re like leaves, too.

P1080231 And mean as much, or as little. As if meaning was a goal!

P1080194 Meaning is human language having its way with us.

P1080160 Fortunately, we can speak other languages, and read them.

P1080148 I know why this is not taught in school.

P1080147 You can’t teach this in school.

P1080104 You can’t teach it.

P1080060 You don’t have to. Your students know it already.

P1080044 You just have to take everything else away, and there it is.


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