Perusing Cambodia

Life and the Peace Corps. What I see, read, hear, and, occasionally, think.

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Language appears as a great storehouse of universal memory, or it may be said to serve as a net, not imprisoning us but supporting us and aiding us to get at a meaning beyond present meaning through the very fact that it embodies others’ experiences. Words, because of their common currency, acquire a significance greater than can be imparted to them by a single user and greater than can be applied to a single situation. In this way the word is evocative of ideal aspects, which by our premises are the only aspects constituting knowledge.
Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

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