“Some people say history moves in a spiral, not the line we have come to expect. We travel through time in a circular trajectory, our distance increasing from an epicenter only to return again, one circle removed.”
― Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
There is always something lost when we translate because to translate is to displace meaning through language.
One possibility is to go beyond language, or what Eva Hayward calls the transsensual—an interplay of sensations that can affectively move us. We rarely ever experience the world through just one sense, so why would we experience the world through one voice?
To speak for others is to first silence those in whose name we speak. It is certainly very difficult to silence human beings in a definitive manner but it is more difficult to speak in the name of entities that do not possess an articulate language: this supposes the need for continuous adjustments and devices of interessement that are infinitely more sophisticated.
According to the 2022 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, fundamental shifts in the “physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean acting individually and together are changing the timing of seasonal activities, distribution, and abundance of oceanic and coastal organisms, from microbes to mammals and from individuals to ecosystems, in every region.”