Listen now | How language frames reality
More brilliance, Rachel. Bravo!
You write, “how do we reimagine our relationship to language so it may reveal the real”
This brings us to the great question of all time: What is “the real”?
That is the perennial question for being human in the world.
Reflect on this, from Ray Ison
“We are learning our way into a future, which has never existed before.”
This is a timeless and universal truth about our human way of being. But it is not just learning, and knowledge. It is also action, and technology: putting learning into action taking the world about us as we find it, and changing it to be more a way we choose to make it. Enterprise, to create surpluses through technology. And exchange for sharing the surpluses we create through our technologies.
To be human is to live in an artificial world that we make for ourselves through our learning and our technology, through our enterprises and our exchanges - through money in the markets, and money to shape the choices that are available for choosing in the markets (what we call finance) - out of the world of Nature - “the real” - into which we all are born.
This artificial human world is a mutual aid society for sharing an abundance of technology solutions to the everyday problems of everyday living for everyday people living our everyday lives. It is comprised of networks of connections for enterprise and exchange through which we curate and innovate a safe and dignified house for humanity within a built environment of Urban, Rural, Curated and Left-Alone landscapes along the creative edge of an interactive and constantly evolving and adapting Human-Nature partnership that changes over time, and from time to time, as times change and humanity evolves prosperous adaptations to life’s constant changes through inquiry and insight for new learning that informs innovation, making new technologies more popular as better fit to changing times, while letting previously popular technologies fade into history as a good fit at an earlier time.
We support this artificial world on pillars of institutional agency, authority and accountability for making choices together socially, that cannot be made effectively by each of us each choosing for ourselves what seems best for ourselves, in the moment of choosing.
These institutions include:
These institutions are human inventions: technologies as learning put into action. They need to change from time to time, as times change, to fit the changing times, just like everything else that we, as human, make through our curiosity and our ingenuity:
Quoting Ray Icon again, “to use our understandings and our institutional arrangements that we invented for a world that we no longer inhabit” is to be maladaptive, and unsuccessful at being human.
That is “the real” that our language needs to be reimagined to reveal, and not to hide, today.
And it begins in the most difficult place to begin. It begins with Money. And Finance. And the language that we use for talking about how we choose, together, socially and predistributively, the choices that will be made available for us form which we can each then choose, personally, individually and distributively through Enterprise. Using Money.
It begins with reimagining language for talking about the different modalities of Finance, so that we can begin to hold each modality properly accountable for authenticity and integrity in the exercise of institutional authority/power true to institutional agency/purpose.
Because when our institutions of Finance lose their purpose, society loses its ability to keep itself ongoing.