vineri, 10 august 2012

The Pleasure of Speaking about Imaginary Things

The primary experience of naming things gives to the child two kinds of satisfaction which last in any future use of words.

It is not only the satisfaction produced by the fact that the things confirm a known phonetic sign, but also the pleasure of finding the opportunity to use such sign. In the last case, the things are considered as confirming our wish for playing with words [for instance, when the natural beings are imaged in human forms].

If we observe the human discourses in adult life, the satisfaction felt by their authors is closer to the second kind of satisfaction.

The first takes the form of the pleasure of discovering truths and is a strong subjective satisfaction, since the effort ultimately belongs to the individual thought.

But the discourses are addressed to a community. Before the satisfaction which could be felt after a well reception of his discourse, the speaker is pleased by the opportunity of speaking. An opportunity provided both by the things he speaks about and by the meeting with other people who will listen him.

This dual source of satisfaction is often a source of confusion: we may speak as if the things only are those that give us the opportunity of playing with words, though the cause is also the audience we found. The confusion is doubled by the primary tendency of waiting for things to confirm our words.

Thus, it is possible to speak confidently about imaginary things and to believe they should confirm our speeches.

Moreover, any audience is composed by men who experienced in a way or another the things about which someone speaks; so that the speaker could imagine that he has the things in his nearby. And he imagines that to make the audience to believe in his words is the same thing as the attempt to make the things to confirm his discourse. Therefore, the pleasure of persuading others can replace that of finding truths.