oushi wrote:I think we can say that words are true (always), but phenomena they are pointing at, not necessarily. For example, "moon is a big cheese". We know this pointing to be false, quite easily. Now, if we say "moon is a big piece of rock", we move closer to truth, but we ain't quite there.
The big question is, can we ever get there, that is, to the point where we are sure that meaning expressed in words is correct. Since the object itself changes, we are unable to grasp the ultimate meaning, because it will become false with the next change.
This leads us to a situation where we have two worlds available. One immediate, free from concepts, and the other created from concepts only.
To clarify, "words" existing in reality, point to meaning which builds the illusory world.
Regarding the bolded section, this reminds me of a hypothetical that was mentioned in a math class of mine.
If you are standing some distance from a wall (lets say 10 meters), and move halfway towards the wall (5 meters in this case), you are closer than you were before. You can move halfway towards the wall as many times as you like, to the point where you are only moving millimeters at a time, but you will never actually get to the wall.
It makes me realize that however useful language proves to be (for purposes of science, for example), it can't act as an ultimate authority on reality. Why? Because words and language are part
of that reality. We can't step out of experience and view it from an objective standpoint. Nevertheless, words are useful tools and pointers, as plenty of people have already said.