#BEDM14 Day 6 – A Letter
Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter
V is for vague, which coincidentally also describes today’s blog subject. Vague is something I hate with passion, be it in reference to stuff I have to do, thoughts people are trying to communicate to me, interactions with others, anything. This is probably a function of my getting “a higher than average score that is above the clinical threshold” on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (take this test and others at channel4.com/mindchecker).
I like structure, and order, and things laid out plainly in black and white, and people saying what they mean and being clear in what they mean. If I have to follow instructions I want those instructions concise and explanatory. I guess the reason this is all churning up in my mind is something that got retweeted into my feed late last night:
“God” is a word used to describe “something” beyond words. It’s not a specific thing, except to atheists & fundamentalists.
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) May 5, 2014
This, to me, is the ultimate in woolly-headed bullshit. Nothing is beyond words. Nothing is undefinable. Every thing is a specific thing. I think that in this situation “beyond words” just means “I haven’t really thought too hard about what I’m talking about but I’m still going to foist my poorly-conceived notions on everyone else, because spiritual”. The Star Trek nerds will recognise (or should, dammit) that this breaks Kiri-kin-tha’s First Law Of Metaphysics: “nothing unreal exists”. Therefore, everything that exists is real. And everything that is real can be defined.
Add to that the fact that defining things is what humans do. Doctor Who nerds will recognise (or should, dammit) The Eighth Doctor’s wry musing on our species:
“Humans… Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.”
Calling something undefinable goes against human nature. Throwing our hands up in the air and saying something is unknowable or beyond words is to me the antithesis of what we are and what we strive for. We can know everything. It is in our power.