America, at its best, has been the Enlightenment Incarnate.
America-bashing is penis envy.
Not penis envy; but syphilaphobia... Any one with a brain can see how our disease of cupidity has robbed the people of their rights and their country, and they do want as we want without wanting the consequential disease, which is obvious to all not so affected...
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Man invents new technology, which he then has to name. This technology changes his environment, also requiring new names. As names are often metaphorical, mere practical activity requires its sprinkling of poetry.
But modern man is often enough a leisure animal who prides himself on poetic novelty, on being ahead of the curve. Sure, plenty of today's intellectual fads are probably 90% post-consumer recycled, but here and there a new metaphor coughs up amniotic fluid and breathes. The little bugger is going to make it. He's a cute little virus. He's going to be quoted.
Quotation is how sentence-viruses reproduce. They cannot "live" without a host. Word-virus is the fossil of living speech. The "letter kills" because the letter is undead. Did Socrates know this, and therefore abstain from writing books?
Words are only real for living breathing passionate human beings, who have emotional responses to these words. The mere pronunciation of words requires gesture and generates noise-music. One cannot pronounce an "S" without hissing like a snake, tongue against teeth. An S is made of white-noise.
Ideograms seem to stress the visual and phonetic alphabets the sonic. I would guess this is not the reason phonetic alphabets caught on. I suspect phonetic alphabets are more convenient.
Man invents nothing new, but we change the forms of all we have...As I am certain I have said some where, that the mechanical clock has many of the terms of water clocks which are far older... We use old terms for new relationships rather than inventing new words...An example of this is using colors or flavors to describe nuclear particles...We addapt a certain understood relationship to a new physical form, and in this way reverence the past while embracing the future...
I would suggest that sonograms are able to mean because their sounds are meaningless, and do not detract from the meaning one wishes to convey... We do have sound words, onomonopia, but they are rather few, in my estimation..