Is meaning then really only the use of a word? Isn’t it the way this use meshes with our life?
But isn’t its use a part of our life?
Do I understand the word “fine” when I know how and on what occasions people use it? Is that enough to enable me to use it myself? I mean, so to say, use it with conviction.
Wouldn’t it be possible for me to know the use of the word and yet follow it without understanding? (As, in a sense, we follow the singing of birds). So isn’t it something else that constitutes understanding – the feeling “in one’s own breast”, the living experience of the expressions? – They must mesh with my own life.
(Wittgenstein, Philosophical Grammar)
PETER KINGSLEY: Everything in existence is crying out for a particular quality of consciousness that only humans can give. This doesn’t mean we are superior to nature, only that there’s an incredible need for a certain cooperation. The famous mystic Rudolph Steiner has said that for the agricultural process to happen, for seeds and plants and trees to grow, birdsong is absolutely essential. This is a beautiful truth that very few people know. But we also need to take what he said one stage further, because birds call and sing not only to quicken the plants: they also call to awaken the human seed that we are. They are actually singing for our sake as well. If we can start to listen to them, really listen, they will draw us into this greater consciousness I have been talking about. They will be our teachers, because outer nature is able to point us to our inner nature.
PARABOLA: The birds are calling us, but what exactly are we called to?
PETER KINGSLEY: We are called to be there.