“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
I like ending with a saying or a quote, but it seems this time it is the opposite. Or not.
Although it sounds like a buddhist scroll, the quote is from Mark Twain. I took a time thinking about it when I read it and trying to find out its real meaning.
I’m not a great philosopher. Neither a more educated person than the average.
I interpret that what Mark says is based on the fact that the essence of communication is to convey a message from a sender to a receiver, keeping in mind that almost as important is the way you do it. As much as the message’s content itself.
Both of them emit light. Light. Illumination. Revelation. Truth.
It happens that lightning does it in a harmful, negative or fulminant way, while the lighting bug brings some peace and harmony. Therefore, one could say that the almost right word is the lightning and the right word is the lightning bug.
Moreover, we can not deny there is beauty in both cases, in one case more than the other because you probably wouldn’t find beauty in a lightning falling on you.
Again, it is not about saying the truth, but how you do it.
I apologyze if I ever hurted someone saying something openly, but sometimes, dear friends, we must be straight. No gentleness. Peace.