Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Populate Our Language with Plurals

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Populate Our Language with Plurals

More than once during our month together, I heard Pádraig say, “We need to populate our language with plurals.” Singular language often impoverishes our understanding of issues and ideas.

Populating our language with plurals may help us remember that we are all multitudes. Even the person we think we totally understand—we don’t. Our simple, un-nuanced, stereotypical ways of speaking need always to be further complicated.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Political is Personal

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Political is Personal

Everything political is personal for someone. Politics, at its etymological root, has to do with how we organize our lives and affairs with the people we live among. And how we live among each other affects us all in personal ways.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Importance and Insufficiency of Names

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Importance and Insufficiency of Names

Pádraig helped open this up for me—the importance and insufficiency of names. At once, it does not matter what names we use—because no name can actually hold what it tries to name; and also, it matters entirely what names we use—because our words create and break worlds.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Language is Magic

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Language is Magic

I love that the Bible opens with a story. And even more so, I love that the story is of how everything began with language. God speaks words, and then things are. In the story, it was like magic.