There are gradations of awareness that are unlocked through verbalization, gradations of robustness of truth, of sharpness of personal insight. Real understanding is something social. When a truth remains in one’s mind it hasn’t yet crossed the threshold of “truth”, it has a character of wispiness- when it’s shared it becomes something material. Some, the ones I’ve called symbologists, are closer to this “material” knowledge than the great majority but there’s still a level of individual understanding that can only be unlocked through direct communication. Just listening to my diatribes about this and that is like a prosthetic understanding, that’s probably why there’s this amnesia that arises from my absence that I’ve noted. So now you might say, You don’t know about my discord chat dummy, or you don’t know about the private irl convos I have—that’s good if you do have those, still though, there’s a further gradations of awareness that can only be attained through public verbalization. So we can say there are three levels- personal “keep it in your head” truth (these are poor souls tbh), “friendly” one-on-one truth, and then public discourse, ranging from obscure to crystalline understanding. This is what we’re after in politics generally- understanding via articulation.

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