Nothing is nowhere near as exciting — and a bit scary — about Lingua-U as its capacity to open up an entirely new way of thinking about human nature and potential. That’s a big claim. What does it really mean?
It’s really quite simple. Unitive metalanguage offers a way of conceptualizing the subtle energetic shifts from one word to another (in any speakable language), so that we may inquire into the significance of such shifts in creative and predictable ways. For instance, look at the first eight marks of energy in two words: Merry (𝌽𝌂𝌁) and Melancholy (𝌽𝌂𝌄). Note that they are identical to seven degrees, but Merriness is Yang at the eighth mark whereas Melancholy is Yin.
Yang is traditionally associated with positivity and Yin with negativity, and merriness is considered a positive emotion and melancholy a negative one, so this makes sense. In this example, there’s something about the first seven marks of these two words that denotes a feeling that can be either positive or negative, but it is strongly a feeling of either happiness or sadness. This establishes one important baseline interpretation of the (𝌽𝌂𝌀) symbol, a reading that we can now factor into an analysis of other words which share the same signature such as Mare, Marry, Mary, Melon, Meld, or Melody.
In the case of Merriness and Melancholy, it is easy to see how a slight shift from Yang to Yin at the eighth energetic mark of a word can dramatically change the instantiation of a feeling from one of happiness to sadness. Now imagine a potential use for this fact in psychotherapy in which a patient with basic knowledge of Lingua-U is able to embody either the state of being Merry or being Melancholic, and then use the words as mantras to help them shift from a more relaxed or passive state to a more active state, moving from Melancholy to Merriness.
In the 1950s, Dr. John Weilgart used a constructed language called aUI to formulate the premises of what he called Logotherapy. He believed that when people took on a more creative approach to language based on the manipulation of primitive symbols of meaning that they could regain psychological health. Weilgart’s theories were tested in some treatment centers with veterans and other patients, and he reported significant success.
There’s a big difference between a possible future Logotherapy with Lingua-U and how Logotherapy worked with aUI. Weilgart’s patients had to learn a new language (albeit a simple one that some people grasped in an afternoon). A potential Logotherapy with Lingua-U has no such requirement because Lingua-U is a metalanguage that can be used to analyze whatever language a patient already knows, and give them a tool for working with and manipulating the subtle energies of the words they already know and use to describe their feelings.