She is here

Woman lying down: man thinks 'She is here, a few feet from me'

She is here,
Lying just a few meters from me.

She seems slumbering
But every once in a while, she opens her eyes,
To stare at me from the depths of the bed,
As a tourist, the Eiffel Tower.

She is here,
a few meters from me.

And as I watch her motionless,
suddenly,
I hear the siren of an old boat.
I hear it waving at the last strand of beach,
Like a child, a hang glider in the sky.

I lower my gaze again:
The little faded mist
Is now a vague inkling
Of streaked and dying shadow.

She is already asleep.

And next to her body,
An expanse of meanings,
lies buried,
In a sea of icy waves.


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A brief note on the philosophical-psychological limits of communicability

The limit of human communication has long been a topic of interest to philosophers and psychologists alike. Various thinkers throughout history have offered insights into the challenges and boundaries of conveying thoughts and emotions between different individuals.

For example, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) suggested that the meaning of words is based on their use within a specific language game, making it difficult to ultimately translate one’s inner experiences to others. Existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 – 1980) believed that each individual’s consciousness is inherently isolated, leading to a fundamental inability to connect with others at a deep level.

Symbol of communication and incommunicability
Incommunicability is not a factor related to physical distance or proximity. Two individuals can talk for hours about their lives, never getting to the “heart” of the issues, which eludes even intersubjectivity. One settles for the illusion of understanding, but no man can ever scratch the existential armor of his neighbor, not even if the latter is the one who ardently wants it.

Psychologist Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987) stressed the importance of empathy and unconditional positive regard in bridging the gap between people, suggesting that genuine understanding and acceptance can improve communication despite inherent limitations.

Overall, philosophical and psychological perspectives on the limit of communicability highlight the complex nature of human interaction and the continuous effort required to establish meaningful connections with others.


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