Post by Purl Gurl
Your "nuance" is much related to Phil's "IQ Test" thread.
Typical thinking makes little distinction between "indefinable"
and "undefinable" while atypical thinking notes high contrast.
Nuance and subtle usage are two which lead to much debate
between language lawyers and creative writers; typical, atypical.
Take the manitc.
We shall depart*
But we shall not die.
*said to refer to a loss of consciousness.
These are words that no one now living has any memory of any connection.
//Margaret Mead, after Ruth Benedict.
These anthropologists revealed that these terms were not an understanding
based on outer records, but an inner understanding. That it was empiric, and
an experience not available to external understanding. And sadly, if this
type of understanding goes undistinguished in our time.
Of course the paradox or Benedict is that she did record what was lost as
recorder for Official Record, but also noted that restating the record did
not of itself render an understanding to what these California people - the
Maringa-Mühiatnim-Atü'aviatum - actually experienced as nuanced
What can a purification ceremony convey to modern men?
Tu-iv [images, spirits of dead things, evil]
will go away in flame
Tu-iv will go away in smoke.
Tu-iv have departed;
They have gone away in the burning.
What this represents is acquired through days of preparation, then the
participation of the dance and the singing.
When I wrote here some time ago about being alone in the mountains for some
days, with no distractions at all - no electricity nor water, nor books nor
nothing, I discovered what a singular experience that was - and in trying to
relate it, dicovered that no one could own a similar experience and so speak
to it other than from ideas or from what they had 'understood' from the
experience of other people.
We have lost the sense of this very thing in human experience, and do not
even honour it with a name - instead supplant the name of its Idea instead
of one's own experience, and that! that is where the nuanced word opens like
a flower in a new world.
Were I utterly such as that!