Body-language and nonverbal communication

Chinese language is body-language (6)

Chinese language is body-language (6) – an apple is not an apple –

When remembering the experience in Düsseldorf I begin to understand one important difference between the German and Chinese way of writing / painting graphics and letters. We know about the meaning of a letter and a word, independent from writing this letter or word in a proper way. So we do not feel any necessity to write in a proper way, with concentration or full awareness. We know: an apple is an apple. And if we write this word in a readable way it is ok to do so.

To me it seems that this is quite different to ………..the Chinese approach. I remember Chinese people reading and / or writing very properly. This had to be done, otherwise it was not so easy to understand what was written or what you wanted to write yourself. I even remember Chinese people who searched for a certain translation of a word or a sentence and who had some difficulty to find a suitable, not a proper translation. I had the impression that they had to figure this out by looking for the word, the context of the text and the meaning of what was said and what had to be translated.

In contrast to us at school, where proper writing was some kind of discipline and no more, the Chinese writing is an actual necessity to be understood at all. If you don´t write properly and with discipline the other who reads this, will probably not understand you correctly.

So writing, reading, speaking and imaging what you want to write or understanding what you had read, belongs together. All this is part of one process. This process includes you, the matter you want to write about and the one who intends to read. Of course we in Western countries also think about being understood by the other. But this has a different quality and a different meaning concerning the way of writing.

This process in China, that ´s my conclusion, demands full concentration, awareness and competence on all levels of personality and social or overall context thinking / imaging: Thinking, feeling, imaging, relating, behaving and the body level.

 

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