Words control us. Especially if you spell them right. They cast a spell. That’s why there is so much emphasis on getting the spelling right, and leaving the right gaps. If you mis-spell the words, you can miss the spell, and have an opportunity to open up your mind.
In UK schools, we are taught the Queen’s English, one form of English designed so that we all learn EXACTLY the same language. The words get fixed in place by the spelling, and by the spaces either side. Our brains are trained to visualise words when we hear them. Our mind’s eye sees the shape that is the written form of the sound. If I say “How are you?”, you visualise the shape “you” in your mind. You don’t visualise “U” or “ewe” or “eu”.
Our language is limited, there are a finite number of words, so our brains become limited too, because we are taught to use words as they are written. We are taught to think in written words. Children are deliberately taught to read and write ridiculously early, well before they have even mastered the spoken and the heard. We must not realise that ewe, you, u and eu are all the same sound! It might lead us on to make links between things.
It seems to me that Latin was deliberately invented to overlay our language with a standard system. It is a very logical language, almost computer like. Latin teaches us that people come in three groups: Us, You, and Them. (and the singular versions of these are Me, You and Him/Her). This is handy for the Divide and Conquer principle. Get everyone’s minds fixed into these three groups as the only possibility, and so much easier to stir up the hatred that fuels wars, the Us against Them mentality.
Or it could be US, EU and THEM. We already have the geographical groups of US and EU. That leaves THEM to be the rest of the world. See how it frames our thinking?
Monty Python produced a famous example of unframing your words or missing the spell. The Four Candles sketch showed how Fork Handles are the same! Monty Python have produced films on the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. I think they were quite tuned into the craziness of the world and the sources of the craziness.
Quay and Key is one of my favourites. The Queen Quay and the King Key. These manifest in the City of Bath as the two crossed keys, laid out on the Georgian street plan. A quay is a key shape and sticks out into the sea, opening access for ships to go between sea and land. A key does just that, unlocking a door, opening access. Take that a step further, and a quay is aqua.y. All I did was miss out the space, and we have the water version of Key contains water!
An overlap of words shows me that Nazi and Zion are linked by Nazion. Fir and Fire are linked. The Fir Tree is a fantastic source for starting fires, the sap is very flammable, and fir cones make good kindling. You just have to misspell things, and your world opens up.
Ewe and Eye are almost the same as Eve! Where does that take your mind? And when you realise something, you have real.eyes.
If you are dyslexic, you might spell Horizon as Horzion, thus discovering an interesting link. (though I am not yet sure what hor means, but it seems to be something of great power over minds). Or you might notice that 2012 can morph quite easily to ZION, as it did for the London Olympic symbology. And now we have linked the Nazis with the Olympics, in two easy steps.
Maybe we should all behave dyslexically, and stop trying to correct dyslexics, stop treating it as an illness. I think dyslexia is a very useful skill.
(See earlier posts : The Anorexics Are Right, We Are All Right, Word Play, Possibility Theory, Mind Blowing, The Bath Keys)