Direction


Where are you going? In which direction are you headed? For times like these we better know the right direction to head because there is less room for mistakes to be made before resources run out. I’ve always felt that in order to know which way to go you need to know where you are at this moment. I don’t think we do this enough as people these days. We don’t take the time to really understand where we are and the truth of where we are.

One episode of The Hidden Brain that I have returned to often was first broadcast in January 2018. Lost In Translation: The Power Of Language To Shape How We View The World

The part that caught my attention was when Lera Boroditsky described her work in Australia. Below is an excerpt from what she said.

From the Hidden Brain – BORODITSKY: I had this wonderful opportunity to work with my colleague Alice Gaby in this community called Pormpuraaw in – on Cape York. And what’s cool about languages, like the languages spoken in Pormpuraaw, is that they don’t use words like left and right, and instead, everything is placed in cardinal directions like north, south, east and west. So the way you say hi in Kuuk Thaayorre, one of the languages spoken here, is to say, which way are you heading? And the answer should be, north, northeast in the far distance; how about you?

We all need to be headed in a direction. Knowing your point of origin will make your journey easier I suspect.

If you want to listen to the whole episode here you go!


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