She is convinced that when language dies, out of carelessness, disuse, and absence of esteem, indifference, or killed by fiat, not only she herself, but all users and makers are accountable for its demise.
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They climb into the wagon bed. Tell us about a wagonload of slaves, how they sang so softly their breath was indistinguishable from the falling snow; how they knew from the hunch of the nearest shoulder that the next stop would be their last; how, with hands prayered in their sex, they thought of heat, then suns; lifting their faces as though it was there for the taking, turning as though there for the taking.
Being a writer she thinks of language partly as a system, partly as a living thing over which one has control, but mostly as agency -- as an act with consequences. However moribund, it is not without effect for it actively thwarts the intellect, stalls conscience, suppresses human potential.
Turning as though there for the taking. She is worried about how the language she dreams in, given to her at birth, is handled, put into service, even withheld from her for certain nefarious purposes.
Whose heaven, she wonders? What it is to have no home in this place. For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and the light.
Every September and October the prizes are announced, and every December awards are bestowed in Sweden and Norway Peace. Their plan is simple: Nothing, no word follows her declaration of transfer.
The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation.
Speculation on what other than its own frail body that bird in the hand might signify has always been attractive to me, but especially so now, thinking as I have been about the work I do that has brought me to this company. Suppose nothing was in their hands? Urgent questions are at stake, including the one they have asked: Turning as though there for the taking.
Whether it is to stay alive, it is your decision. The conventional wisdom of the Tower of Babel story is that the collapse was a misfortune. Do you think we are stupid enough to perjure ourselves again and again with the fiction of nationhood? She is blind and cannot see her visitors, let alone what is in their hands.
Complicated, demanding, yes, but a view of heaven as life; not heaven as post-life. For parading their power and her helplessness, the young visitors are reprimanded, told they are responsible not only for the act of mockery but also for the small bundle of life sacrificed to achieve its aims.
And if the old and the wise who have lived life and faced death cannot describe either, who can? Being a writer she thinks of language partly as a system, partly as a living thing over which one has control, but mostly as agency — as an act with consequences.This is Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech on the power of language.
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