Imagine, if you will, what it would be like to live in a society that had no word for ‘love’. How do you think the inability to express this crucial idea with a single, simple word would impact your relationships, your life? What effect do you think it would have on your view of the world, on the trajectory of human social development?
Words are powerful. They shape the way we view reality, even how we construct it. They shape our capacity to feel, to experience. As someone who’s distinctly aware of words’ power, I often reflect on how my own language patterns influence my life and my relationships. As someone who’s intimately aware of the many social, economic and environmental changes making themselves felt around the world, I’ve also considered how my language influences my capacity to contribute positively to my community and to adapt to changing life circumstances. As of late I’ve particularly considered the importance and impacts of the word ‘collapse’.