When young, the mind keeps on asking "What is this?"
Is this question a moment of learning or... the beginning of blindness?
When the mind asks "What is this?" it pulls together several incoming streams of sensory feedback into a perceived - but still nameless - whole. And as soon as the question is answered, the Nameless is named. And the incoming streams of sensory feedback are tied into a Gordian knot of conceptual stability. What was previously a phenomenon of nature becomes a word. What was a rose becomes a "rose" that we can no longer pause to smell. After all, how can you smell a word?!
The innocence of learning or the onset of conceptual blindness? Both.
What's the solution?
Interpretive silence: witness, but don't name.
Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time (New Harbinger, 2008) www.eatingthemoment.com