“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” –Cool Hand Luke (1967)
How can two people communicate when the word one says means something different than the word another hears? We take these things for granted, the fact that we are all speaking the same language, but just because we can use the same words doesn’t mean we are really communicating. We package our ideas into words and send them across space to other people, hoping that when they unwrap the present they will see what we intended them to see. But we all package and unwrap our ideas a little differently, and we all find something a little bit different inside the package when we open it. I send you an orange across space, and you peel the layers away to reveal the sweet fruit inside, and instead you discover a lemon.
So what is really inside the package?