Someone peeked at The Kalendar website and remarked that it was too complicated. I remarked that it was the simplest, least complex way I knew to tell a story that enfolded ALL OF LANGUAGE. Because if you don’t get TO THE OTHER SIDE OF LANGUAGE then you are sort of just linguistically masturbating, from a spiritual point-of-view. In other words, somebody’s gotta run through the maze of LANGUAGE to create a Meta-Map that allows everyone to start relating to LANGUAGE itself in a different way. That’s the goal, at any rate.
Same reason there are 243 different new articles, word affixes, and pronouns in Jai’ai. Could I have created fewer in the Konstruct? Of course, but fewer would have been no simpler, and a whole lot less elegant and useful. There are exactly 27 new such words for each of the Nine Stations, and each of those words is grammatically gendered to either Yang, Yin, or Yung. Thus, there are really only about 9 new words for each station, in three flavors apiece, and each station uses the same regular structure for these 9 new words. What looks like bewildering complexity on day one of a student’s studies will probably seem pretty elementary before too long.
A related concern is that Lingua-U seems “too heady”. This stems from a few factors, I think. No one has actually seen the Lingua-U book yet and they are skeptical of any philosophy or art with new words. It demands more work from them than a bumper sticker or Facebook-meme spirituality. But more to the root, people misunderstand language itself as “in the head”, when in fact it is our forgetfulness of the kinesthetic source of language (the mind/body connection) that is the problem. And Lingua-U is potentially a remedy for that problem because it’s a pictoral metalanguage using pictures of subtle energy patterns associated with phoneme production as its basis. Its metawords are pictures of embodied poses of the speech organs, not abstract principles. It’s ordinary language that has become too abstract, by mystifying the essential elements of speech. Lingua-U is a battering ram that over time if taught and taken to heart ought to radically simply speech and make it feel more natural, whole, and calm.
“Too heady” doesn’t quite cut it, but it won’t be to everyone’s tastes. It will take work to learn, and people do have a tendency to laziness.
I don’t want to suggest that learning Lingua-U will be easy. I don’t know what anyone else’s experience is like at this early stage in the process. But I can tell you that I am gambling that people are tired of quick fixes and easy answers and dumbed down philosophy. I think there’s a real hunger for depth out there. That’s why I’m writing a little bit every day on The Kalendar even though nobody has seen the Big Picture yet. It’s an epic work of art that needs to be painted one stroke at a time. When the depth is there — and this will take years of consistently daily blogs and new books — the people who hunger for such depth will come. I can’t wait to meet them!