Eastern/Western Language/Culture

I’ve promised to get into the “stuff” behind Chinese Face reading, and I will. This is a second post in a series dedicated to this topic.

Today I’m not going to discuss faces or face reading.

I’m going to talk about language.

There’s a reason why a western audience is more skeptical about acupuncture or Buddhism or Reiki or meditation. And it’s a very simple answer.

A language is simply a way of structuring reality, taking the formless unspoken and making it formed and spoken.

Everywhere in the world has a different approach.

In Western languages we prefer our sentences as subject object verb. Subject object and verb.

It’s a very direct approach isn’t?

Our medical treatments are in turn direct. If we have a cold the doctor will treat it with a cold medicine. Chemotherapy in the form of gamma rays will be directed at the tumor.

For the most part, and I can only speak of English culture, because of this direct sentence structure much stress and importance is placed on the tangible and external world. You may have heard at some point “it’s all in your head” as way to disregard your emotions.

Another side effect of this sentence structure is that it encourages us to think in opposites, duality.

When you read the above paragraph you might have been expecting that somewhere in this article I will write “Eastern culture values the intangible and internal” since I wrote the opposite for Western culture.

I make no claims to know Chinese or any other Eastern languages, but I know some characters of ancient Chinese.

One thing I find striking is this: they communicate in characters. Pictures.

In ancient Chinese the character for “sun” was a circle with a dot in the middle. Mountain was three small triangles growing out of a line.

To indicate a forest you’d draw the character for tree three times.

To indicate a prisoner you’d draw the character for man and then draw a box around it.

A picture speaks a thousand words, right?

If a language speaks in pictures, is it any wonder that the culture and it’s thinking will produce something entirely different?

There won’t be a person alive who doesn’t know that sometimes, the direct approach misses out.

Another thought which is not in Western culture is that everything is interconnected and interdependent.

We know that the Earth depends on the Sun, we all do, for food, warmth, the seasons. A child depends on its’ parents.

Then maybe it should not be so surprising that the ancient Chinese had the minds to notice all the different links between us all and everything when they communicated in pictures?

Tomorrow I’ll expand on this point of language and link it to the Western tradition of face reading.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.