I try to approach everyday as a challenge, as an opportunity to learn something new and conquer the archaic. Nevertheless, at times, the workload is a mountain of diamonds pressing down upon me, a glittering treasure surrounding me within reach, yet I am too suffocated to enjoy it and take advantage. Before, my mind was a picturesque factory pumping out all the knowledge and solutions I needed to complete my workday, without any lunch break, coffee break, or labor unions. Now I feel it is quickly becoming a mound of toxic waste and manure, incapable of regurgitating the slightest fact or educated opinion. Attempts to salvage the pitiful remains prove to be futile as the work flanks me from all sides and goes in for the kill when I am down. Before long, my physical strength forsakes me as my mental strength unwillingly, yet unresistingly, passes on into the abyss. I think myself to be a gelatin desert, a mass of substance with no thought process, no mechanical movements, and with the only purpose of being consumed by the unrelenting responsibilities, duties, and anxieties that come along as fine print on the package called “today”. If it were not for my determination, a steel arrow plunging into the heart of despair, my intense focus, and my will to succeed, I would become nothing more than a mental gravestone, a sign of things that were and could have been.
I feel that language and language diversity play a very important role in the critical thinking process. If we did not have the art of speech, writing, and expression, the results that come from critical thinking and logic would be limited to the solitary confinement of our brain. We could not distribute our ideas, or engage in others for that matter. Language diversity in a sense could be compared to the process of approaching a problem at different angles. If only one style of language is used to express your critical thinking process, you will sequentially narrow your thought process until you become so blinded to achieving this style that all others are ignored. The previous paragraph using, for lack of a better term, the “flowery” metaphors would do nicely for say, an English paper. However, try using that type of language to approach a problem in the science world, and you will find yourself scorned at, laughed at, and perhaps even ruthlessly criticized by your colleagues. Different angles and different thought processes require different languages, and without wielding their full armament, success cannot be guaranteed.
With that said, it would be insensible to say that language can limit the expression of our thoughts. Language should be the steel reinforcements, the cavalry at the back of the charging line. However, when language becomes the soul purpose of expressing your thoughts, unwanted limitations can arise. When more time and focus is diverted to the “how” and not to the “what”, the desired effect will not always appear like you want it to be. The expression of your thoughts will become more of thinking of your expression, and language will take over the analyzing, processing, inferring, and other elements that constitute pure critical thinking. However, this should not happen very often, and, needless to say, thinking without expression, and expression without language, would be nothing more than solving an elementary math problem and telling someone how to do it.