I'm not going to be anal and try to dissect that comment, but language is a very large concept. Anyway I understand why Angelou says that. It's beautiful :)
I understand. I had a little argument with myself before posting it - but I really like the idea she is trying to convey and the scene in which it takes place is touching.Thanks for not dissecting it too much :)
I have an ongoing debate with my husband as to whether or not animals have feelings. He argues (if I can paraphrase correctly) that while they have NEEDS - mating, hunger, packs, solitude, thirst, survival - they do not have emotions, because EMOTIONS, as we think of them, are based on language, which animals do not have. I don't really agree - I think an animal missing its mate is more than just a need for reproduction - but the idea that language is the basis of everything we feel is an interesting one.
Almost entirely unrelated by Angelou's quote made me think of it - I watched a documentary about Bonobo Apes the other day and it was fascinating. They share something like 99.6% (or maybe it was 96%? - anyway, a lot) of our DNA and can communicate using sigh language and symbols. THe keeper actually said to one of them who was rolling around "Will you please sit up" - a complete sentence - and the ape understood her and did what it was asked. Amazing. Sorry for the sidetrack!
Kerry, I've got to side with you on that one.Becky, I enjoy the sidetrack! I find that fascinating.