Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?
George Carlin had seven words also.
No, I’m not going to discuss Carlin’s seven dirty words. That’s just an attention grabber.
Upon what study was Khalil Gibran assertion based?
Did he provide the words?
Carlin beat Gibran on both; he had references and the words.
Khalil Gibran’s book, The Prophet, was suggested reading for people and marriages in trouble. Every hippie worth their tie-die, granny glasses, and bell-bottoms had a copy of it. Don’t you find it strange it would appeal to a generation that was stoned, buzzed, high, and trippin’? It made perfect sense to people who didn’t bathe, come in out of the rain, or find gainful employment. A friend suggested I read it, not that I was any of the aforementioned, but he was.
He said it possessed great wisdom.
Contrary to the thought that increased wisdom comes from understanding seven words, The Prophet was a laborious overuse of words. It took simple concepts and added bobbles, bangles, and bows to show-off Gibrans skill as a writer who wrote with bobbles, bangles, and bows.
Gibran himself was a proponent of Syria adopting one language, Arabic. What seven Arabic words did he have in mind?
His writing had a mystic appeal. Which means there are no real resolutions only hidden knowledge and if you didn’t understand it is because of you and not the purveyor of the words.
He was a hack that sold snake oil.
Minus the seven dirty words, Carlin made more sense of life than Gibran and was smarter, certainly funnier.
As for my seven words: “Would you like some fries with that?”