I saw a video a couple of years ago with a person named
Basil Braveheart who talked about the difference between the English language and the Lakota language.
What I "heard" (for myself) was a deeper realization of how many Western languages have developed mostly from a very linear understanding
of life (time, space, matter)... where everything is measured and timed and labelled and separated.
This is versus the Lakota language (and I'm assuming most other inherently "older" Indigenous languages)
that were developed with (and still retain) a spiritual understanding of life... the intrinsic connection of everything and everyone... the divine... the inseparable form and formless nature of life... so that not only the words, but even the sounds and visuals
and movements of their language sort of vibrate to awaken individuals to their intrinsic connection to each other and to all of life (the truths of life that can't be explained, but can be experienced).
I think of that sometimes when I
come across many English expressions like "you've got balls" or even words as simple as "right" and "wrong" or "us and them", that are prolific within the English language, and that inevitably label and separate and differentiate us.
different would the words and sounds and expressions of Western languages be if we lived with more awareness of the spiritual nature of life that some people have not yet lost, that some other people have somehow intuited, and that all of us know at some level?
If you're interested in the 40-minute Basil Braveheart "Walking in Two Worlds" video, the link is here... https://vimeo.com/203518720