—EDWARD SAPIR, “THE STATUS OF LINGUISTICS AS A SCIENCE”
Are we really “at the mercy” of the particular language we grew up speaking? Far from it. Language may shape the way we think about the world to some small extent, but not so much that we can be said to live in distinct worlds. The very fact that we can communicate with each other and translate other languages into our own means there must be a vast body of belief we all share—a body of belief which, taken on the whole, must be true. To put it in a snappier way: Truth is the condition that makes language possible. This, at the very least, is what I hope to demonstrate in this book.