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Re: my next project: the language of the Mandai

From:Tom Little <tom@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 15:16
At 06:47 PM Tuesday 8/13/2002, you wrote:
>I don't know that you if you can describe all human relationships as >symmetical, but are the Mandai human? Hmmmm. > >If you allow for asymmetrical relationships, sentient & inanimate may be as >easy as sentient & sentient, e.g. > >Carl with Harl becomes Harl with Death. > >Carl with toaster becomes Carl with toast.
Hey, Jim, now you're in the mood! :) Seriously, though, I had some insights about this yesterday afternoon. Lots of relationships that appear on the surface to be asymmetrical really do have symmetries, if you look for them. For example, eating seems to be dramatically asymmetrical. What the eater is doing and what the eaten is doing are very different things. But that's really a function of how we choose to view the act. One could say that there is a joining of the substance of the eaten with the substance of the eater. I think this is how the Mandai would see it -- a physical incorporation of two bodies into one. They would be conscious of the asymmetry, too, of course, but that would be understood in terms of the effect on the other relationships of the eater and eaten. BTW, I'm still thinking about your comments regarding free will vs. fate for the Mandai - very stimulating. Regards, Tom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tom Little Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) Telperion Productions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~