The BSF teaching leader shared a quote the other night about attitude. I don't remember the quote. It was a pretty good one. But it immediately floated out of my brain cells because my mind started to wander as I considered that word:
isn't it, that we have a word that communicates that idea? I mean,
it's easy to understand how we'd come up with words that mean
“table” or “shoe” or “angry”.
“attitude”. That's such an abstract thing. I bet the vast
majority of us, well-educated and otherwise, would struggle to come
up with a definition of “attitude” off the top of our heads.
“It's . . . you know . . . the way you think about something . . . and feel about it, kind
of . . . and the way you act . . . you know . . . your attitude
about it . . . oh, wait – I mean . . . “
we all know what it means. And not because somebody gave us a
definition at some point in our growing up years. We all simply
heard the word used over and over, and eventually, we were able to
construe what that word was referring to when people used it. Even
if we couldn't explain it with other words.
is the most fascinating thing ever. I mean, the whole concept of
language. That we put a bunch of sounds together in a
certain combination and when someone else hears that combination of
sounds, they get an idea in their brains that is more or less just
like the idea that we have in our brains. Absolutely amazing.
one of my grad classes, we did a unit on language development and
talked about how the known methods of learning cannot account for
how a human being acquires language in the early years. There simply
isn't enough repetition or modeling of every word and/or grammatical
structure that kids pick up during that time. There seems to be some
in-born knowledge . . . or skill . . . ability . . . something
that scientists can't explain . . . which dramatically speeds up the
acquisition of language. But only in those early years – that
window is shut around six or seven. (Which, of course, makes it so
logical that we in America generally put off foreign language
study until high school. Puh.)
are a mystical, magical, unexplainable phenomenon in
humanity. I guess that shouldn't surprise us, considering that
God-in-the-Flesh is also named “The Word”.