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Episode Two Hundred Twelve, What Is The Root

Updated: Apr 14

Humans need to communicate and we found a way thousands of years ago to do that through a long series of evolutionary stages. Language is one of our mightiest accomplishments and we present ourselves in many ways through this medium. Words are a source of connection to others but they can betray us. They can lead us away from our hearts where the desire to share our thoughts first came from. Now we must fight to stay true to our word because words have developed into weapons and a means to manipulate feelings; both our own and others. Like all tools they are implements of power. They can poison or they can heal.

Hafiz speaks here about the sanctity and the power of words to create amazing inspiration when crafted and then gifted to others. Words come from their original intention of sharing whether it is to warn or to entreat. He talks about words from the heart perhaps to remind us what this great power is actually for. It is to open doors to the imagination and to create new worlds to describe and new ideas to discuss. Words allow us to connect to each other in a unique way.

Thank you for listening.

Video: This 20 minute video, The Origins of Human Language, is made by Ancient Yoke. Ancient Yoke is a channel that produces high quality, cinematic and educational videos on our earths history. This short documentary is a fascinating study of how we have done and how we do language beyond words. I'm a lifelong learner. I just eat this stuff up. Please enjoy, if this is your jam, as well. It doesn't disappoint.

The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here. Also, my thoughts on this series a year into these poems, HERE.

The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.

My book can be purchased HERE. E-book HERE. The Season Two blogcasts with audio excerpts from my book begin HERE: in Behind The Lines. This reading of the book excerpts in a mixed media format is Season Two of this blog. These recorded excerpts are outside the chronological order in which the book was written. Podcasts with audio only beginning with episode 22 can be found HERE.


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