I was thinking about U.G.’s saying that all our thoughts are given to us by other people, and it occurred to me that this was very true not just for thoughts and concepts, but even for words and the way in which we express ourselves. So even trying to find our own voice is a pointless endeavour, you arrive back at your parents’ lap who taught you words and letters.
But before all of that, when you were just a baby, there was a “wordless knowing”, a state before knowledge and language, when you were just learning the sounds of voices and the smile on faces. The earliest forms of communication, in which both babies and parents are complicit, have nothing to do with words.
And before even that, when you were just learning to open your eyes as a just-born baby and getting to know the world. In mankind’s early evolution there was likely a stage where man’s sophistication didn’t reach any further, where baby noises were all we knew of language.