Definition: the True Language is so named not because it satisfies the concept from antiquity of a language whose expressions were naturally isomorphic to their referents in some essentialistic way, but because each letter in the metaphorical True Alphabet is made up of acts of virtue and grace, the crystallization of sincerity. It might not be real, for all I know, despite humanity's tendency to symbolism and indirect communication. However, for now we will just be asking about a general possibility.

Question: suppose some long-term moral timeline, an ethical metanarrative involving many people in many places at many times. Since per the definition, the True Language can carry any expression, there would be True sentences that were questions because they were bracketed by actions symbolic of ¿ and ?. Or, then, would that be the only way to mark out a True question? In real language, we can use inflection to help gesture at the interrogative mood, and though it is dimly imaginable that there could be dialects of the True Language, perhaps it would simply be easier to have a designated action playing the role of the question mark. Supposing that all good deeds done in this timeline could be construed as spelling out a single massive "sentence," would it be possible for someone to close the given moral timeline by performing the second question-mark act?

  • Didn't catch any of that, above me paygrade, mon ami. However ... "That which is hateful to you, do not do unto others. That is the whole Torah. The rest is the explanation; go and learn!" ~ Rabbi Hillel (The Elder)
    – Hudjefa
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 1:42
  • It is sounding rather Godelian, which indicates that the True Language could never express all Truth.
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 1:42
  • I do not see how metaphorical letters symbolizing acts of virtue and grace get us to carrying any expression 'by definition". If anything, the definition (if that is what it is, you may want to elaborate) suggests the opposite - the True Language will make vice and crudeness altogether inexpressible. That has been the task of ideal languages since Plato, to keep out everything undesirable on this or that conception. So that it is not even there to corrupt the weaker minds. And if it is all virtue and grace do we really want any questions there?
    – Conifold
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 2:51
  • @Conifold I wouldn't want to say that we "know" (quasi-know?) the answers to every possible moral question when we have done only good in some context, although we might "know" the answers to some previous questions, here. The other thing is that it is in questioning ourselves, we confront our propensity to arrogance, both individually and collectively, so until such time as the problem of condescension was overcome in society (if ever!), we would still have grounds for questioning ourselves on this more "mystical" level. Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 2:56
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    Dee was said to speak a revealed angelic Enochian (true) language, legend was told they're definitely not composed of human moral alphabets, but resembling English while interestingly there's no etymology for this angelic language. Also unlike our natural language it needs another set of Angelic Keys offered by some Oracle angel within some divine conjuring square. Maybe this language can't be inscribed in physical papers but more like modern clouds, say you compile all the Q&A scripts of this entire SE site using this language its height measures utterly simple as 0... Commented Aug 18, 2023 at 7:26

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Allyson Grey's language of angels

"Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies? and even if one of them pressed me against his heart: I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence.

For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to endure, and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.

Every angel is terrifying.

Every angel is terrifying. And yet, alas, I invoke you, almost deadly birds of the soul, knowing about you.

But if the archangel now, perilous, from behind the stars took even one step down toward us: our own heart, beating higher and higher, would beat us to death."


Be careful what you wish for.

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves,

like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.

Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.

And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.

Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."


  • This is a beautiful answer, but it does make me wonder if I should refer to a Good Language rather than a True one, since despite my disclaimer that I am not referring to the kind of "divine" language yearned for of old, it does seem as if all responses to this question are responses to a query regarding the thought of that old language, rather than the concept I wished to ask about. OTOH "the Good Language" is probably not a good(!) name for the concept, either. "Pure Language" would have the wrong connotations, too... hmm... Commented Apr 15 at 0:43

In such an ideal world with such a level of sincerity, there is no place for questions, because everything is answered and encapsulated in the True Language.

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