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SOILED BY ADJECTIVES
The moment we put an experience into words, we kind of cage it.
If I tell a man who has never eaten mango – that it is a kind of sweet fruit – then i am caging the whole experience of eating an mango.
The only way to know Mango is eat it.
Rest all is limiting.
When you say something is easy – you cage it in “easiness”. Or you tarnish the purity of my experience with this easiness about it. Now my mind is continuously directed towards the easiness (or difficulty) of it.
So what do we do – suspend adjectives?
If you look through a really good novel or a movie – both will without explicitly telling you – that the girl is scared, make you feel scared, just as the girl is feeling.
So her experience of “scared” becomes your experience of scared – and makes us experience the experience rather then being told what the experience was.
So i propose – The more we keep things to experiential, let our five senses take over – the more OPEN an experience is. If we try to define it, label it, qualify it, we kind of put a full stop to it and atleast file it in a particular category – cage it.
The girl was painting
The little girl was painting
The girl was painting hurriedly
Adjectives and adverbs are like gift wraps put by people over the original gift.
The assumption here is that more richer the experience, more we will learn and enjoy it.
In much the same way adjectives CAGE people.
In many ways we are not free and we do not let our children to be free.
we put nice adjectives on them and then cage them in these adjectives.
we put adjectives to ourselves and do the same.
we call our children or ourselves – beautiful, ignorant, smart, irresponsible etc
While we very well know that it is only the “behaviour right now” – that can be qualified with those adjectives – not the person.
I have had this habit of putting nice adjectives in front of people names and sending them birthday wishes.
I am sure that makes them feel good – but poor they – little they realise i have put them in a prison.
A prison of these Tags – tied to a adjective – just like a horse tied to a stump – we go round and round that stump – trying to live out of these adjectives – rather then being untied – being limitless, living out of this limitless potential.
If i say i am humorous – then people as well as I myself expect me to be humorous. And when not humorous – people ask are you okay ….
Can we suspend these tags.
Can we suspend adjectives.
The other day – I referred a person to a psychologist and said, “You can contact her, she is very helpful”
After the person had gone away – i regretted my saying – there was no need to put her in the “helpful prison”
More importantly we need to free learning and free the learner and also possibly free the teacher.
No adjectives to the learning – let the child experience it purely
No adjectives to the learner – let the child operate out of completeness.
No adjectives to the teacher – let the teacher interact with the as much objectiveness.
let us LIVE with verbs.Those seem to only imply action, experience, time. And verbs move on. And verbs imply change. And verbs imply openness of start, process and end result.
Verbs imply freedom.