Verbum interius

Piotr Cyciura


Verbum Interius

The language seems to be the indispensable means of human though. Most probably, human existence, which consists chiefly in understanding and willing, is impossible without words. To put this otherwise: the quality of human existence depends on how neat and precise the words we use are. Figuratively speaking, one could try to „depict” the „reality”. And both termini seem to be at their own place here. For it is an „all-encompassing” idea of what encounters us that is so alluring. To the contrary, the enticing force of truth lies buried deeply in the sensual data of the experience. However, it is essential to abstract it therefrom. The „picturing” and „telling” are essentially opposed. The human word is the image of the interiorly conceived idea; and cannot „correspond” directly to any particular thing, no matter how elaborate the lineaments of the latter. Particular things are not directly cognizable, and are of no importance (as far as entangled in the spatio-temporal) for human existence. True, the intellect grasps a unity while elaborating a scientific system of the world. But it is save a unity of the order - the most feeble one; the unity that depends essentially on the Transcendent Principle of the whole.

Keywords: facts, language, metaphysics, cosmos, Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle.

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