- Céline: Have you ever spent some time in Eastern Europe?
- Jesse: Eastern? No, no...
- Céline: No? I, uh, remember as a teenager I went to Warsaw, when it was still a strict communist regime. Which I don't approve of at all.
- Jesse: (Sarcastically.) Oh yeah, sure you don't...
- Céline: No, I don’t.
- Jesse: No, I'm just kidding!
- Céline: But, anyway, something about being there was very interesting, I found. After a couple of weeks, something changed in me. The city was quite gloomy and gray and...but, after a while, my brain seemed clearer. I was writing a lot more in my journal, ideas I had never thought of before.
- Jesse: Communist ideas?
- Céline: Listen, I'm not...
- Jesse: I'm sorry, I can't...Go on!
- Céline: I'll send you to a Gulag! No...but it took me a while to figure out why it felt, you know, so different. And then, one day, as I was walking through the Jewish cemetery, I don't know why, but it occurred to me there, I realized that I had spent the last two weeks away from most of my habits. TV was in a language I didn't understand. There was nothing to buy, no advertisements anywhere. So, all I've been doing was...walk around, think, and write. My brain felt like it was at rest, free from the consuming frenzy. And I have to say, it was almost like a natural high. I felt so peaceful inside, no...strange urge to be somewhere else, to shop...Maybe it could have seemed like boredom at first, but it quickly became very, very soulful. It's interesting, you know?
1) Language is one attempt at creating a tool to convey ideas- in many ways it is our best attempt, although music and painting and other arts can often convey an idea in ways that words cannot.
2) Human ideas are composed not only the facts or conclusions of their originators, but also their memories and emotions.
3) Language as we know it is only able to convey an imitation of the original idea to its receiver. During the reception of ideas, receivers add a layer of subjectivity to their own ideas, memories and emotions.
4) Words of any language are useful (and often beautiful) imitations of the perfect language.
5) The perfect language would convey not only the original idea in fact and conclusion, but also the relevant memories and emotions of the originators. Furthermore, it would allow the receiver to receive not only the parts and whole of the idea, but to allow for the same layer of subjectivity as well as interaction and synthesis. There must be clear boundaries between these layers in the receiver’s mind.
6) The perfect language will be found to be made not of words, but of pure, undiluted ideas; therefore it will be less of a language and more of a method.
7) This method for recording, transferring and receiving ideas in a perfect way will be either mechanical or divine.