Why are people so anal about writing/speaking with the utmost correct grammar and spelling? Is it because that language is a metaphor for the collective consciousness that we are born into, like the way our bodies fit into pre-existing shapes and molds of clothes? Language can be analogous to an alienated organism that acts upon us like a program that shapes and molds us into its own will. We become language’s victims, as it demands us to act and speak accordingly, and structure our lives and thoughts in accordance to its very own grammatical structures and sentences. Language is not ours to begin with. Discourses, words we use, and the rules that come with language are already there, established through out history, way before we were born. So we are thrown into this “language matrix” to merely borrow the words that we express ourselves with. Language presupposes a sort of comformity, something that is never private, but is always shared in public with others in on-going relations.
When we speak or write with the wrong grammar, our intellects are automatically insulted. We are judged upon, sometimes even laughed at by the way we operate and toss and turn under this limited and pre-established grammatical rubric. Overtime, throughout our years of schoolings, syntax and grammar, structural sentences, vocabularies and punctualities become familiar routes of patterns that are laid down in our minds in the forms of neural pathways and computational algorisms. For the rest of our lives, we are to play by the grammatical rules that are pre-established by history and society, and any misuse and transgression of grammar leads to the expulsion from the cultural systems that we were brought up in, and our status as human beings are involuntarily revoked and invalidated. It seems to be the case that most people suppose that those who can correctly use grammar and those we are articulate, with refined writing and speaking skills and controls over language are more “cultured” than those who have lesser gifts for linguistic expressions and endeavors, and that we often judge how well educated and “smart” somebody is based on how they do with words and how they structure their sentences.
As much as we would like to categorize people based on the categorization and the structures of language, some of the greatest minds throughout history have trouble with such a rule of establishment. Einstein and Da Vinci are known to make abundance of spelling errors and grammatical mistakes in their notebooks and writings. Immanuel Kant, one of the greatest thinkers in intellectual history just happens to be one of its poorest writers. I think one of the reasons why this is so is that imaginative people are mostly right-brain dominated individuals, but that the lack of linguistic functionalities embedded within their brains are precisely what give rise to their visual and creative geniuses. Analysis of Einstein’s brain reveals that the linguistic modules of his brain are slightly smaller than average, but this “defect” is overcompensated by the spatial-visual components of his brain, which are more active (wider physically) than the average brain. It might also be the case that creative individuals and iconoclasts refuse to play by the rules to begin with, thus they are less attuned to the pre-structurally established rules of grammar.
But don’t get me wrong…I am not saying that we are enslaved completely by language, for language is both the window to our souls and the door that shelters our minds. We are all situated in a dark cave, and the only window that allows us to peak out into reality is the very same structure that keeps us locked in. But we have no other means to climb out of this cave but through this window, for we can only use the same materials and tools that are imposed on us as means to escape and climb out of their very own configurations… into the recess of reality that seems more “real” to us than what our senses provide us with. There is a lot of freedom and room for ingenuity within the pre-established structures of grammar, and just like freedom can never be manifested fully without the framework of deterministic layouts that serve as the background and the springboard for which our free will can be launched and projected, thoughts can never find their outlets without channeling through discourses of sentences and grammar.