Sunday, May 27, 2012

Briefly on life, death and language.

I just came across a quote from Toni Morrison's Nobel Lecture in Literature (1993) as quoted by Judith Butler. Morrison said,

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

Well, I don't agree that death is the meaning of life nor that language is the measure of our lives... and yet there is something in the links she draws between these ideas that resonated with me. That death throws life into focus. That language shapes and, to some extent, orders our lives. That in language, life finds its expression and that in death, its message. Interesting to ponder.

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