But the fundamental building block of language is community. Humans are a social species more than any other, and in order to build a community, which for some reason humans have to do in order to live, we have to solve the communication problem. Language is the tool that was invented to solve that problem.
“I understood, in short, the more words I knew, the richer, fuller, more variegated would be the world that opened up for me, and which I would capture”
Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus
Hannah Arendt argued that public, political speech enabled people to create a common world in which they could act together to shape their shared future by choice and reflection. Only by speaking together could they act together and choose how to live together.
J. Krishnamurti // "I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view... Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others... Truth has no path, and that is the beauty of truth, it is living. A dead thing has a path to it because it is static, but when you see that the truth is something living, moving, which has no resting place, which is in no temple, mosque or church, which no religion, no teacher, no philosopher, nobody can lead you to...then you will also see that this living thing is what you actually are. You have to be your own teacher and your own disciple. You have to question everything that man has accepted as valuable, as necessary."