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His argument was on the right track, as they say, but like many philosophers, if not all, the was playing with words.

Words are symbols used to communicate by referring to objects and describing them. A word has whatever meaning you assign it. Unless people realize that words can have different meanings to different people, and nobody's definition is "right" or "wrong" by my standards. Words that feel significant like "You" "Love" "Truly" and "Right" are usually just being used really wistfully. If you ask for a definition of love the response if often "The thing that happens when..." or "The feeling you get...". As if Love is something that exists but is yet to be fully discovered or understood, but in reality the definition of a word is however you define it.

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    Sep 24 2012: A definition is useful because not everyone perceives things as you do.

    Therefore, as you are using words "wistfully" you cannot expect to have proper communication.

    Words exist for everything why not use them correctly?

    I don't agree that we should base our language on the majority's "perception" of meaning.
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      Sep 25 2012: Amen!
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      Sep 25 2012: While it is true that in order to avoid confusion, everyone should agree on common definitions of words, however, in practice, how definitions are used is usually not how it should be used, and to me, this could also reflect on the design flaw of the English language, not just the users' flaws.
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    Sep 25 2012: Because words only have the precise definitions that each individual gives to them, unless you are teaching someone how to solve a technical problem, they are rendered meaningless. Describe a sunset to a person who has been blind from birth or the taste of chocolate to someone who has never had it. You cannot DIRECTLY transmit the meaning of your words outside of your experience.

    So, if we have words, and we cannot transmit OUR definitions to others using them, what is the purpose of words?

    Well, what's left? If transmitting perfectly understood ideas to another is impossible, the only one you can transmit perfectly to is yourself.

    So why would you do that?

    Most peoples' belief systems are very conflicted. (oversimplified example: I want to be wealthy! Wealthy people are greedy!) This leads to a fragmented identity that works for all that it is against.

    But if you can use your words to bring your belief systems into harmony, whole new worlds open up to you. You can resolve the conflicts and put away mistaken beliefs. As you do this, you come into your own power. Words are POWERFUL things. Thoughts are POWERFUL things. You are a POWERFUL being, and unless you know the purpose of words, you will feel powerless and vulnerable.

    Most people are not aware of what they think about most of the time. Let me suggest (due to the 2k character limit) that your unfractured (perfect) self is trying to send you messages to help you. If you take those suggestions to heart, you can realize your dreams. Thus, you find yourself talking AT others while communicating with your ideal self - that is very real.

    The more AWARE you are of what you think, emote, and feel, the more power you have in your reality.

    You cannot communicate with those outside of you because there is no outside of you. The separation that you see between people is illusion. True communication only happens through the within - be it with your ideal self or with another. We are one.
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    Sep 25 2012: Have a look at James Zhang's conversation currently posted as "Words-. . . "