Many people have found paradoxes some combination of entertaining and frustrating. One of the paradoxes I am most familiar with is:
“This sentence has two erors.”
The first error is the misspelling “errors”, which should be “errors”.
The second error is the misspelling “two”, which should be “three”.
The third error is the missing word “more”, inserted after “has”.
The fourth error is the missing word “than”, inserted after “more”.
Sure, perhaps missing two words in a sentence is a large enough error that one might question if this could really be considered en ‘error’ or merely wishful thinking, but I still found the “solution” entertaining.
Nonetheless, this did cause me to consider paradoxes as a means of highlighting the shortcomings of our language and logic. This does make me wonder if perhaps there could be a language so perfect that it would lack the ability to create any logical flaws. But that is just a side thought.
I see language as most importantly being a tool for us to communicate with one another. While using it for communication, there are mistakes one can make in their language. In fact I know it would not be that difficult to weed out a couple (if not many) errors in the language I use in this blog.
Ultimately, the purpose of the combinations of letters on these pages is to communicate aspects of my life to whomever wishes to read them. Google defines communication as “the imparting or exchanging of information or news.” What I like about this definition is that it allows for the inclusion of the errors we talked about. Even if I misspell some words or use the incorrect homophone I can still communicate. One does not even need to use full sentences or words at all to communicate. In fact, one of the most interesting times to communicate is when you do not share a common language with the other person.
I guess the thought I rest at is that errors in language are adverse only to the extent to which they are detrimental to the communication of one’s idea. They do not have an intrinsic burden outside of that.