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Patterns & Ideas | English, The Vulgate
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 Our world communicates with us through patterns. Those patterns
reflect the way our world functions.  We learn how to read our world
through our perceptions and what knowledge we glean from them.  We make
sounds, gestures and symbols to express ourselves both to others and
just for self-expression.  The latter is an internal matter, the former
requires mutual comprehension. Aye, there’s the rub.

We have a lengthy history of attempts to communicate. “The Roots of
Civilization” by Alexander Marshack, gives a detailed representation of
Upper Paleolithic art and gives “…evidence of early man’s cognitive
and intellectual capacity …and the level of symbolic development he
had attained”  I excerpted this from a quote on the book jacket. It was
attributed to Hallam L. Movius, Jr. of Harvard University.  This is to
dispel any notion that our ancient ancestors were knuckle-dragging and
micro-brained.  The drawings and carvings on cave walls, as well as on
tools and weapons, illustrate the acuity of their perception of the
world about them and the facility with which they express it.  So, the
next step is how we got to spoken and written language

Since everything in nature communicates with patterns/ vibrations, most
in some audible form, we must be open to seeing what we see and to
hearing what we hear. This is not as easy as it sounds as we can see
with our mind so we often confuse what is in our head with what actually
is.  Some things we don’t so much hear as we perceive them with other
senses.  We can hear through our skin and we can see with our mind.  I
perceive this phenomena as one of the many wave actions of Earth which
we have yet to surf, the tides of ideation.  This aspect of Man is
historically referenced as the Id, an area of Mind supposedly
inaccessible to us.  That we do have access to it is demonstrated by the
drawings of our ancestors.

These patterns, which frequently appear in alphabets, are clues to the
fundamental principles expressed in our language. While I do not dispute
the importance of sounds, I do submit that they change so markedly from
one people to another and from one time and place to another that we
must base our languages, our measured messages upon the fundamental
principles of our world -as we discover them.  To really perceive them
we have to sort out the messages in our own Mind from the signals of
incoming messages. Have you ever received a negative, even hostile,
response to what seems to be a simple word or gesture or comment?  The
response is not to what you said or did.   It is to what the other
person, or animal, saw in their own imagination their image-making
faculty. This process can be manipulated as we see in various fields of
advertising.  We have to be alert to ideas imposed on us rather than
those we form ourselves.

This is a tricky process since our minds can accumulate informative
images going back to very early childhood. We spool our experiences and
information over many years.  At times we may respond to events which
happened years before.  This is not a ‘disease’ as the word is presently
used, though it often results in our feeling ill-at-ease.  In the last
few years, I have sorted out some of my reactions which reach back over
sixty years. Remember that we are the prototypes of the computer
industry. Brains and nervous systems predate electronics by many
millennia. This faculty of ours helps us access important information
and gives us a context for it.  Prior to the Common Man receiving
complete languages, language with a full set of vowels, we passed on our
information with stories, symbols, and various mental pictures expressed
in song, dance and art works.  I suspect that this is a source for many
of the mental bogeymen we presently harbour.  We also have the patterns
of our languages.

The first such pattern I recall having located was in the Encyclopedia
Britannica in 1955, in 6th grade.  The A of our English alphabet was
said to be the Bull of Heaven of the Babylonian-Assyrian alphabet.  The
legs of the A were formerly the horns of the bull. The B was lying on
its straight edge and, as I recall, was interpreted as a home of some
kind.  This told me that there was more to ABCs than irregular sounds. 
I had discovered in 5th grade that not all children could read. That
just wasn’t right.

The runic symbol-set of English also begins with ‘cattle’ as Feoh
represents wealth and cattle but also references people.  This carries
the message that we are also the wealth of the land.  The rune Eoh
represents ‘human spirit’ and appears in English as the digraph gh as in
ghost, ghoul, thought, although. These are distinctively representative
of  the ‘human spirit’.  The second rune is Uroch, the European buffalo,
and is represented as ur as in urgent, sure, insure, pure, endure, asf. 
Rad is the separate rune for the letter /r/.

I find it quite intriguing that the different aspects of humanity are
represented throughout the rune-row.  They are not lost when changed
into an insular form of the Latin alphabet.  Both the patterns and the
ideas remained.  It appears to me that corruption of our languages began
with trying to simplify and gentrify language.  Imposing a Latin grammar
could have added a new dimension of possibilities had we not insisted on
either/or.  The Latin grammar was a musical notation and is very useful
for prosody however, it can make a frightful muddle of straightforward
English.  Witness the unnecessary clutter that makes our legal
terminology so frequently complicated, even duplicitous. The Anglo-Saxon
is the language of Law and Governance for good reason.   Even the early
bits that remain are quite direct in their sense, and the patterns of
ideas also remain.6-25-2019JOH

 

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