Wouldn’t it be great if National Decisions could be made based on drawings rather than words? Can you imagine having strong opinions about a set of sketches, rather than a set of words? Or how about a party platform of nothing but drawings?
Our National Decision is fundamentally about words. What they mean. What their accepted meaning might be. Do we share an understanding about a word. Or do we not?
A central attack in these pages has been on the word. The limitations of words. The uncommon shared acceptance of the words. The absolute difficulty in having a conversation based on the mutual acceptance of common definitions.
So to frame this in the context of our National Decision, the central question is, how much do we share, as a people, as a culture, as a Nation, the meanings of our words.
If we really don’t share this commonality. If there really is a vast disparity between what each of us thinks the words mean, then we will be on a very tenuous path. And I believe that this Decision is about this shared lingual understanding, or not.
For despite all of the attacks on words that these pages represent, when seen from a 180 degree phase shift, words are important. The words do matter. That’s all we’re operating on. Words are all we really have. Nobody’s up there on a platform sketching. Sad to say.
Despite all of the limitations of the format, our National Words are the threads of our cultural fabric.
So the National Words are indeed what is to be decided in the National Decision. In this referendum, we truly will be deciding on the importance of our commonly held, or not so commonly held, meanings of words.
Images in a National Decision? The trajectory of humanity expressed in drawings and images? Alas, our evolutionary development has not gotten that far.
For in our current evolutionary state, like it or not, this is where we are. This is what is our commonality.
And this is what our National Decision is about.
The above drawing is mildly literary. The two end figures are based on written characters. Then they are connected in the middle in a whimsical manner.