April 8, 2002
The more deeply you see, the less clearly you see. It’s the old adage about not being able to see the wood for the trees. I have always been finely aware of the power, depth, and ambiguity of language. Philosophers spend entire books defining terms; attempting to specify precisely what particular words mean. I analyse language. I see hidden meanings and alternative interpretations. Now, whenever I read written instructions I find I cannot understand them because they offer too many possible interpretations. I need to be shown how to do anything. In my sophistication I have become a child again.