Soulful Sundays: Labels

Language is one of the unique characteristics of being human. No other animal on the planet has the same command and diversity of verbal expressions. Birds, whales, insects, and the like all communicate with one another, but no species does it like us. We use language to represent abstract ideas, express emotions, and talk about different periods of time. Language has allowed us to create libraries and civilizations, lead revolutions and code computers, go to space and the ocean depths, etc., etc., etc. It is arguably our most powerful technology.

Our brains evolved to use language, and conversely language has evolved to use us. Language formation is a two-way street. Commonly used words and concepts like I, me, food, love, and mom are so deeply woven into the human experience th