Normally a thing may have a meaning for a person, but, upon serious consideration, it's pretty obvious that the meaning is solely a symbol for it, an idea that is attached inside our minds to that real, external something. But the thing itself has no relation, no direct connection, to the symbol in our minds. So it seems that it can't actually BE its meaning, no matter how much it may seem to be when we look at it.
However, if we really drill into reality to the point where we actually get beyond our view of it somehow--if we get down to the essence of something-- then the relationship between it and its meaning appears very different: We can then only see IT, itself, or refer to it with itself as its own symbol. Thus, any use of symbolic language is actually not referring to an essence, but only to an idea, maybe to an idea of the essence, but still just to an idea.
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Donald Brackett very elegantly expressed.
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