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Articulation as the First Expression (Part 1) – Truthful Articulation

“You have to articulate your own principles so that you can defend yourself against others’ taking inappropriate advantage of you.” – Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

One factor which I believe stands as central to navigating chaos and order, is the need for truthful articulation, particularly of ourselves. That being articulation to be understood as the spoken word delivered. It is in my view the first form of expression.

By articulating clearly and truthfully one’s principles we begin to simplify the complexities of human nature. We simplify ourselves to those around us by expressing the position we are in. Or which future positioning we are to undertake. It sits as a central axiom in how we process conflicts and ultimately how we are able to socialize each other. It is almost impossible to understand an individual if there is a lack of verbal articulation. The nuances in speech are so important to societal advancement, it is to our detriment when we begin to misarticulate ourselves. This may be through omission, half-truths, and utter lies.

We as social characters have a distinct unease when we feel as though our articulation does not match with the principles we hold truthfully. It is why lies represent a stress response on the physiology of our bodies. We begin to feel flushed, we perspire, our hearts race and our body and mind begin to send adrenal signals, as though we are under threat.

There is no ease in lying, even the best liars will admit this. There is no comfort in an omission since we essentially have wasted the very manner in which we can remain socially authentic.

Considering we are dealing with in the arena of chaos, order, and opportunity. We need to crucially understand where articulation sits within these areas, and how does it inform the other.

By considering articulation as the first expression, we can thus agree that when affecting a new potential reality we use spoken word as the medium. If our principles are in conflict with someone else’s actions, naturally we feel as though we need to raise this. We need the other individual to understand that we have been wronged and they should make reparation for this.

It this simplification of the chaos that brings forth the order we so seek. Or at least becomes less chaotic, since we can understand or formulate plans as to how to bring ourselves back to order. Truthful articulation, however, is a double-edged sword. Since the issue of over-simplification of one’s self and position can also lead to chaos and destroy the order we thought we had created by our speech.

See this is an issue I continue to struggle with. More so in adult life than as a teenager or before. So going back and understanding that Truthful Articulation = Simplification of the Individual’s complexities. One has to consider that the over-articulation of oneself can lead to an over-simplification of the individual.

I am a very talkative individual by nature. I love the art and balance of flirtation. I especially love debating and expounding on various ideas and plans. However, I have the tendency to oversimplify myself. I remove the potential of understanding by offering all my goodies before they were asked for. I have a need within me to argue every point made, every position taken and every statement expressed.

Now, this may be useful in certain situations, however, what I found was that by over-simplifying myself I had closed off the loop which makes people seek out one another. I had isolated myself unknowingly by presenting a position too early. Or without tact.

So often we can sandbox ourselves into one area, purely by removing the desired mystery human beings need in order to seek out and explore the world. Essentially there is no room for chaos, so there is no room for order and no opportunity at all.

We need to remember that truthful articulation is a tool best used to clear muddy waters, so as not invite undue chaos. However, this is something which should be used carefully since we can just as easily find ourselves lacking the opportunity to introduce new potential realities which may change the way we view our order.


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