To overcome certain limitations, maybe we just have to expand our vocabulary.
It’s perfectly normal to face adversity and not know how to react.
(Maybe we don't even know how to define how we feel about it)
Ludwig Wittgenstein wants to help us:
Wittgenstein was a disciple of Bertrand Russell, who pushed logic into him with the same subtlety
of Pulp Fiction’s adrenaline injection.
He came up with the concept of language as a series of propositions.
“Lasagna makes you fat".
There is a problem with this:
Wittgenstein argued that only the propositions that we can verify through experience as 'true'
or 'false' are valid.
Therefore, concepts such as moral, ethics and spirituality are unable to be proven,
and so are useless to discuss.
This reasoning was inspired by a story he read in the newspapers about a trial in Paris.
The event involved a traffic accident, so they had decided to recreate it with toy cars
for everyone to understand.
That was his Eureka! moment.
So, our language would be composed only of true or false propositions that are the 'cars'
with which we represent the world.
And for example, for the trial, it was not necessary to represent the anguish felt by
those present at the accident.
That would be useless.
However, after publishing his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in 1921, Wittgenstein spent 10 years criticizing
his own conclusions.
As simple as: Language is not just propositions.
What about jokes?
What about sarcasm?
Hugh Laurie would be unemployed.
However, the statement:
"The limits of my language are the limits of my world."
...is still true.
And it may be a matter of vocabulary.
An example: when you show someone the turquoise color but they don't know its name, they will
say that it’s like a bluish green.
It is turquoise.
Just like aquamarine and jade, and all those colors that we only remember when it's time
to do a bathroom makeover.
But do you know what we use all the time and we don't have enough vocabulary of it?
For example, what is the difference between being Sardonic and Sarcastic?
The ‘gurus’ of emotional intelligence tell us to learn to listen to our emotions.
Trying to do it without developing our emotional vocabulary is like trying to paint Velásquez's
‘Old lady frying eggs', with only yellow, blue and red.
You're going to get *way* more frustrated.
This is my suggestion: there are hundreds of examples of emotional vocabulary lists.
Just pick one and study it.
Do you know what will happen?
As you read it, you will remember your own experiences.
That’s the first step.