21 Apr 2005

Words are sometimes carriers of contagion that cannot be contained. The idea sometimes spreads beyond the wildest dreams of the one who formulated it, past all borders, to all ages, through the veils of culture. Not all of these ideas that would be king, of course, but every once in a while, there has been the theme that has become so commonplace that we do not notice it anymore, whose idea must once have been started by a human being, just like you or I, and just spread. Words, themselves, are perfect examples of this phenomenon. Somewhere, somewhen, these shapes of ink were coined by someone, and now, everyone knows what they are, what they mean, how they intend. It is perhaps that sometimes, our dreams outdo us, and even simple things we make may just strike some universal chord. How wonderful is this process: as with the king that makes his way into the guts of a beggar, so the beggar’s taste may grace the mouth of a king!

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:01 am

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