by Bertram W. Salzman

WHILE LIVING IN FRANCE, I read various spiritual works. Among them was a book by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the great philosophical linguist. Wittgenstein argued that words can be dangerous since they have the ability to create a false reality. Words are, in fact, only symbols that represent actual things and events. Yet, think of the solid reality that words have come to possess as though they were reality. For example, look at the words “America, France, Asia, Christian, business, man, woman, tree, nature.” How solid and alive these words seem to be. They are almost as . . .


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