Here, I have argued that language rules the world of social construction and arrangement, and that the writing system comprised the most important step forward for humanity since the dawn of creation up until that time (say, very roughly, 3500 BC), or what we “dolphins” count as “Year 1 of Wisdom.” Here, a dolphin represents a sophic-creationist metaphor for our Phoenician alphabet with its added accretions by which we supplement it.
The earliest writing sample I know of consists in a few symbols on a board game of ancient Egypt called the games of Senet, the earliest of which from 3500 B is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for the year 2016, when the more recent (and more ancient) record of these games was discovered (see P. 152, top).
Much like the historians, who begin history with the innovation of writing (but not nec. in the Year 1), dolphins believe that history and wisdom begin together with the advent of writing. Since language forms for us the “final frontier,” and since language consists of alpha-numeric systems, what then shall we conclude? We therefore maintain, brethren, that alphabets rule the world — after coffee anyway.
The Greeks borrowed, as we well know, their alphabet from a sea-faring, merchant people, known as the Phoenicians. Like dolphins, these were largely fish-eaters (some boat peoples even had fish gods — like Dagon — turning one’s regular food supply — then the Teevee dinner — into deities remained an ancient past time). But times change, and alphabets should show progress like everything else. So the dolphin account of the ideal language will want to ask after the traits of an ideal alphabet. We start our investigation with the Mediterranean-diet language of Hellenistic-Phoenician Greek.
First, we have recommended that we do not need both an alphabet of minuscule, and one of capital letters also (uncials). So we have chosen the unciliar — in the interest of greater resolution and clarity — over the minuscular. Ockham wins again.
Second, we have noted that the non-linear scripts — like the ultimately-curved and dotted Arabic — tend to yield cultures (and religions) we think of as, let us say, less-than-desirable — in a non-inflammatory, non-combustible, and highly non-explosive manner. Remember, there is no Hellenistic word for “Jihad.”
Third, because of the way it was constructed and the (mythological) content it conveys, I am removing from the ideal Greek all religious terminology, from words like “pope,” “cardinal” and “bishop” to “redemption,” “Messiah” and “prophecy,” these must be discarded in the interest of the virtue we might call “honesty” or “integrity.” The ideal language aims at (veridical) correspondence.
Fourth, many alphabets yield around 22 – 26 letters.
Greek originally had 24 letters, after one had been dropped (25 was their maximum). The hard part in assessing this matter remains the diphthong — a kind of “virtual letter.” These function as a single letter, but actually has more than one. An example in Greek is the prefix “EU” which means “well” or “good” as in “thank you,” said in the ancient tongue as “EUcharisto.”
My views of this matter have changed many times with my research. I recently began studying cell biology and DNA, and thought to yield a language based on the double helix that treats DNA as the divine language. This, and my studies in energy dynamics, which has led me to the study of the double torus, have me thinking that the ideal language contains 32 single letters, and 32 diphthongs, for a total of 64 characters.
Fifth, to remove all curves from the unciliar Greek, we shall have to reshape the letter “B,” and then “O” can be written as a Diamond, Rho can be “squared” at the top, U can be made squarish, Phi can be made diamond shaped, Psi can be squared, and Omega could be a diamond (omicron) with a vertical line bisecting from top to bottom.
I shall try to post more about my language updates soon, and I shall be recasting some of my earlier posts. I shall flag these changes as I make them. I recommend that those who want to follow along with my Hellenistic and language studies obtain a copy of what I am currently using — the Oxford New Greek Dictionary (The Essential Resource — From the First Name in Reference: Revised and Updated with the Latest Words and Expressions), of the modern Greek.
This work has the advantage of including all those words for which the ancient Greek could not have any reference like the technological developments of the 20th century, for instance. The modern Greek is largely based upon the ancient, and this particular reference was written with the English speaker in mind, so it has quite helpful, Anglo-Saxon “accenting” throughout. This verdant paperback may be purchased at B & N for a pittance.