“A Language Older by Far and Deeper than Words”, by Derrick Jensen

There is a language older by far and deeper than words.  It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone.  It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory.  We have forgotten this language.  We do not even remember that it exists.

~ Derrick Jensen

 

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7 thoughts on ““A Language Older by Far and Deeper than Words”, by Derrick Jensen

  1. I disagree that it is forgotten.

    It is because of that language that I cannot live in a city – that I have to be able to be near the woods, near the earth, in a place where I can see stars and where leaves collect in un-raked piles.

    And I’m not the only one who hears those voices; there are many of us. I’d argue most of us know it, we’re just distracted by the voices of technology.

  2. Astasia: “It is because of that language that I cannot live in a city – that I have to be able to be near the woods, near the earth, in a place where I can see stars and where leaves collect in un-raked piles.”

    Well said!

  3. Gratzi, Paul. 🙂

    I’d be interested to see what thoughts you have on distraction by technology…I’m not sure how fully formed mine are, as of right now. I have a few nebulous ideas, but they don’t seem comprehensive as of yet.

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