Language as we know it emerged together with linear time and abstract thought. As a linguist and a parent, it has struck me how the labeling of things seems to actually create distance between us and the object rather than creating a more intimate experience of it. It is used literally to create subject and object, leaving out the inter-subjectiveness that is the reality of all things. This Merry Musing will explore the impact that language is having on our experience and interaction with the world, and how we might use words more consciously to build relationships and interact co-creatively with all life.
By the end of this session you should be able to:
- describe how language emerged;
- explain the role of language in influencing our experience of and interaction with the world; and,
- explore how we might work with language in a way that creates deeper relationships with all life.
Peter Merry, PhD is the Chief Innovation Officer at Ubiquity University, Founder of the Centre of Human Emergence Netherlands, and a Founding Partner of Engage!. His experience includes facilitating integral change processes in multinational organizations, in government ministries and in mutli-stakeholder initiatives with global stakeholders. He has also spent many years in the not-for-profit sector. He is a recognized expert in the field of energetics and evolutionary systems dynamics and Spiral Dynamics Integral in particular. His books include “Evolutionary Leadership”, “Why Work?“ and “Leading from the Field“ (forthcoming). He has a PhD with Ubiquity’s Wisdom School in Volution Theory.
- Audit-No Credit: $20
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