Why We Talk

Silence and strong words

There is a special class of words: adjectives that fall short of their noun forms. Descriptors that are less than the ideas they describe. For example,

Things that are abysmal are less terrifying than the abyss
Things that are fantastic fall short our fantasies
Things we call awesome don’t inspire awe
Things that are wonderful, we do not wonder about

In turning our most powerful experiences into modifiers, we commoditize them, industrialize them, homogenize them. Anything mass-produced will be more lifeless than something crafted and bespoke.

What is more beautiful, the room filled with a bunch of cheap junk from a department store, or the room bare, save for a handwoven tatami mat and an open window streaming the afternoon light?

No faint adjectives.

Silence and strong words.