Friday, 4 March 2011

Humans are Verbivores

[W]ords - and not visible objects - supply us with the horizons between which we actually live. Stop and think, just for a moment, how often you have hungered for some word from some human being. In that and other senses, you and I really are "verbivores" - word-eaters. If we don't get enough words, then we not only fail to achieve a distinctively human orientation on life, but we also lose our very taste for living.

Mark R. Talbot, "Learning from the Ruined Image", in Lints, Horton & Talbot (eds), Personal Identity in Theological Perspective, page 172.

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