I would imagine that upon seeing the above word, a multitude of ideas, fragments
of mental concepts, would flash through the mind of the reader in a fraction of a second.
Perhaps ideas of deafness, an image of the man’s face, maybe the notes of a motif from a
symphony, or even the idea of a big, drooling dog, to name only a few, can all “fly”
through the mind seemingly at once.
I must then wonder, what exactly is an idea?
people would simply conclude that an idea is a thought; but thoughts are represented by
words, and language is but one means of carrying and “un-abstracting” an idea.
I think of
ideas as similar to the concept of energy:
“energy”, in physics, is a pure, fundamental
entity—but in order to actually exist, to travel and to be modified, it must do so within a
vehicle—heat energy, light energy, or kinetic energy, for example.
Likewise, ideas, in
order to travel between people, must have a similar medium.
We certainly have language
and thoughts, but I wonder what amount (it must be quite significant) of ideas that we
encounter in a day are through other means.
Music is often called a “universal
language”, and musicality (more so than, say, electronic MIDI music) can certainly be
considered one form of an idea.
Artwork can be another.
A chef, or a perfumer, might
even argue that the flavors of foods, or the scents of perfumes, are equally viable modes
of transportation for ideas.
In that case, an idea can in fact be transferred, or translated,
from one mode to another (as potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy, for
instance, or even how energy can transform to mass—perhaps similar to how the “idea”
becomes an actual, tangible word, work of art, piece of music, etc.)
What I would like to