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Art is an expression of the inexpressible

Art is an expression of the inexpressible

Linguistic determinism is an idea that we can't think about anything we don't have words for.

Have you ever come across foreign words like these and discovered you have feelings you couldn't name before?

For example, consider these words:

  • Sonder: "The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it." – A new word from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
  • Schadenfreude: "The experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another." - A German word.

Perhaps the inverse of linguistic determinism is a kind of artistic determinism: what we can't fully say with our words or equations we use art to express.

Good art fills the expanse beyond what we're able to think but deeply feel.

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

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