One Plus minus One



Does a form generally depend on its context? Is it created to serve a specific representation? Take an example we use in daily life: language, which all species employ in order to communicate. The myth of the Tower of Babel explores the relation between pure language and foreign languages. At the time, there was only one language spoken around the world. But God confused this by transforming it into many different languages. Yet God maintains only one content for human beings, with language helping us to understand each other in a same content. Otherwise we would not be able to understand what others are talking about. Without any reference, it is difficult to create an unknown form, but it is easier to read if the object (form) has a strong concept (content) in it. Basic content helps us to communicate. In fact, we do not even need to speak; we can communicate with just body language. Nowadays even if we are not able to understand the languages of other people proficiently, we can use Google Transform as a translating tool that can help us to grasp the general idea of a written piece of text.

Content and form are tied together, and the connection between them usually makes sense. But there is also the possibility of what– if thinking. In the Bible salt often serves as a metaphor for this. For instance, if salt loses its saltiness, should it still be called salt? The first time I read this question, I could not answer it. The answers only exist because of the question. Human beings often think of content and form as two sides of the same coin. But I cannot stop wondering, what happens to an object when their function is missing? When a pen runs out of ink, is it still a pen? When water cannot quench thirst, is it still water?


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