Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

‘Food, glorious food, hot sausage and mustard.’ Oliver, the musical.

‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ William Shakespeare.

Okay, so that second quote has nine words. But Khalil Gibran author of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam understood about the universal need to feed the soul and feed the body.

9 thoughts on “If music be the food of love

  1. In this case, I have to differ from the great poet. Our awareness includes so many subtleties… and our emotions too… And often our language limits our ability to communicate what we know and feel. Would it be better if we had even fewer words to express ourselves? I think not. Probably, he was referring to the possibility that with fewer words we could agree on their meaning across the lines of the many cultural gaps… but it seems to me that it would only cause more misunderstanding and not less.

    • Honestly, Shimon, I don’t know what came over me. I agree with you. I treat emails like letters and don’t ask me to stick to seven words when I text. My sons will tell you that what could have been said or question asked in half a dozen words (they think) usually tends to begin with a back story.

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