ideas and words

26 Oct



When I get an idea that I wish to communicate I use words. Many people use other mediums. Nothing unusual there. 

I have been pondering the way words can be so clear in their intent but so easily misunderstood or misinterpreted. 

Every word I choose has a shade of meaning taken from my own experiences and so does yours. How can we ever be sure of how our words our ideas are received? The simple answer is we can’t. 

Hopefully most people enter into a dialogue to test and check there is a shared meaning, particularly if an instruction was the idea being shared. 

So my ownership of my idea is tenuous at best as soon as it is committed to words to share. It is yours to own in the way that you have perceived it. You may have that perception coloured by your knowledge of me. You may take offence because of that. You may not know me and therefore choose any interpretation you wish. 

The possibilities for conflict are very high aren’t they? I am amazed that anyone dares to speak: that more sleights real or perceived aren’t committed! 

Just think about how even silence is understood differently by each individual! 

My mind has been blown by the revisitation of the concept this morning. 

Have a nice day!



Especially if you are planning important meetings this coming week! 




2 Responses to “ideas and words”

  1. traveller47 October 26, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I was watching a program on TV, two, three nights ago about ministerial secretaries, (they used a nickname which I cant remember for them (donkeys or mules or some such)). Anyway, their job is to smooth the way for ministers of various countries to sit down and agree to a policy/law or whatever. So they go around the various countries and agree on a text to the particular project. Apparently it takes them ages to get all parts in agreement. However, despite this work when the big boys get together to sign it, more often that not it’s never what they expected, perceived or understood, so the whole procedure starts again….and we pay for it of course. So yes, you are so right in what you say.

    • julieanneda October 26, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you! I was thinking on both a personal and political level. So your comment meshes with my musing 🙂

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