Being Realistic about Language and Expanding Dialogue

Richard is our cat. He is intelligent, entertaining, soft, loving, loveable, healthy, adorable, soothing, happy, playful, well-behaved, and so on. Richard is so smart, he plays the Scrabble game with me… (more reading below picture)

Richard selecting his next word

Just kidding about the Scrabble game. I wouldn’t expect Richard to understand the English language because Richard speaks Meow language.

 

Realistically, even people, who speak the same language can have a difficult time understanding one another. We all interpret what is said and heard differently, through our own perceptions, which are as individual and unique as each person, therefore we need to speak differently to different people in order to promote understanding.

Words are not effectively used when “telling” each other what to do, or what not to do. Words are effectively utilized when keeping a respectful dialogue flowing. For example, Mary Baker Eddy offered to the universe a great definition of God, but because God is so infinite, so all-encompassing and grand, our understanding must supersede the human language. An ever-expanding language is requisite to contemplate God and expand our understanding of universal goodness.

Definition of God found in Science and Health: “The all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle, Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.”

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