We need a sort of language
To describe the indescribable—
To build a firm foundation
To discuss what no one’s seen
A light to shine on empty space
To highlight shared experience
So others of my tribe will know
Exactly what I mean
We’ll say it’s all quite cryptic
But that faith will make it knowable
That hearts perceive reality
Our eyes can never see
Since none can quite describe it
Why, it matches to a T…
This effing the ineffable
Sounds effing strange to me
So I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR (This story in particular), and the guest author said something along the lines of (the full transcript is not yet up, as of this writing) “the language of religion, by definition, attempts to describe the indescribable, to give a common language to speak about the ineffable”.
Which is quite an interesting feat. If we all agree that something we experienced was “indescribable”, that does not mean we agree. I mean, two of us could call the same dish “indescribable” and yet disagree whether it was good or bad!
Mind you, having faith that your words mean the same as someone else’s is relatively small potatoes when compared with having faith that [insert religious belief here].