Editor – Pen&words
Good stories and important messages. This is the essence of the majority of our communication. It is the content it is the purpose, and it is a manifestation that we are here and have been here for a long time.
We accept the world we are presented with through the stories we hear and read. We use these stories as stepping stones to further develop our thoughts.
The creative world of ideas, where only the imagination sets limits. We all know per. instinct and from birth that we must express ourselves to meet our needs. These human needs are covered in cooperation with our fellow human beings around us.
Here the language is an instrument used to express or hide a given purpose. Not just an instrument but several that can be played independently or together.
We talk about body language, spoken, written, musical, picture, sign language. And the most essential often forgotten language of the heart. It can be perceived with both eyes, ears, minds, and feelings. It is spoken of countless dialects and variations. And we never express ourselves freely without a self-chosen intention.
What language do we speak, is it a closed or open language, how do we express it, and why do we do it?
Is language a force that ties us together as human beings? And makes cooperation and thus progresses for all our different societies possible?
Do we write to maintain the language, do we maintain the language when we write it down? Or do we change it because we play with it while developing our world of experience and awareness?
Are we not expanding our shared knowledge, experiences, resonance, and understanding of our world with language?
What criteria do we use to choose our speeches and texts? Is it about facts, content, or entertainment?
Words we Speak and Write
Is it about acquiring knowledge, promotion of the good, and the limitation of the bad? Or is it about cultivating and copying frustrations and anger and dismay?
What is a beneficial language? What language would we like to be remembered for and preserve to our children and our posterity? What are the concepts and conversations we give echoes and emphasize in our texts? What are the words we highlight by writing them down, bound in books, and preserve? Protected as if it was gold that is later unpacked for a given occasion and given an essential and interesting function.
What are the stories and narratives we reproduce and attach to each other and ourselves? How do we choose, or rather, what can we select from? Should we set requirements and criteria for the use of the language and the content of the text, or can it be altogether indifferent?
The more, the better and everything is equal in value? Who and what should be able to define and determine these criteria? And from which frameworks and ideals are this possible at all?
For us, it’s not so much about finding the right answers to all these questions. But much more about asking them. To reflect upon them and take some active choices when we choose what our precious attention is going to be used on.
The frames in 1pen are around learning and teaching, in quality, ethics, and morals. In cooperation and development in an ever-changing and dynamic world. Still, it is a world with some fundamental principles that we cannot change. One of these is that there will always be a need for new stories and more narratives we can use to describe this world as best as possible to each other.
By new voices that exaggerate their needs and ideas, we can better see each other’s vision. And thereby, provide space for creating a more coherent and spacious vision that applies to all of us.
My Words Are Yours
by Helene Larsen – Salt&Pepper 2015