Words, facts and tea

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Words and thoughts are conventional signs. They can help represent and share our own personal experience, our mind map. Of course they can be invaluable in practical daily matters, like for example counting things; still, we should avoid mistaking them for what they represent.

When someone does something nice for us, be it preparing a tea when we’re cold or bringing a gift, we think “kindness”; nevertheless, the real “kindness” is not something asbtract beyond the facts but it is the action, it is the tea. Without action, without tea, there’s no “kindness”.

When someone says: “let’s work together” what does it mean? It really depends. If it comes after teamwork, then that’s what it means. If it’s reliably and shortly followed by teamwork, still that’s what it means.
If that’s not the case, then it just doesn’t mean anything: it’s a plain conventional sign not bound to anything to be represented.

More generally, when someone says: “together”, what does it mean? It might be clear now that words, and perhaps the “together” word more than others, are not something to be said alone: for words to mean anything, they must be bound to factsciting a beautiful (and now very popular) Thai ad, “giving [or doing] is the best communication”.

So let’s talk less but let’s communicate more; let actions reliably and shortly follow words or, even better, precede or replace them; finally, let our words, should we choose to speak them, change things forever: let them be facts, not mere signs.

And, of course, let’s offer and let’s receive a cup of tea.

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