Short short with English summary
On a piece of paper, with a black felt-tip pen, paint a cockroach. Cut the figure out and place it on your dining table half hidden by a plate or place it at a corner in your toilet wall. You can expect nice screams. But placing a card with the word $B!H(Bcockroach$B!I(B can never give you such a pleasure.
Words are naturally useless when its language is not understood. But I worry much more if my message has reached as I have meant, than the fact that the language is not understood. The language you can choose but it is risky and difficult to see if the words evoke the image what you have meant or not.
Any way, it has been considered without doubts the words in one language have a common meaning and have been always the basic pillar supporting our culture.
Even in our modern TV and IT world, people read a lot of books. In Japan the population who commits to our traditional literal arts such as $B!H(BWaka$B!I(B and $B!H(BHaiku$B!I(B is increasing. But, the courses how to read, to understand and to write Waka/Haiku are very popular. There are so many faculties of literature in so many universities having courses of literature to teach students the standardized way to read and to understand books. Here my worry is proved. These words such as $B!H(Blove$B!I(B and $B!H(Baffection$B!I(B are carnal but highly abstract. To feel and taste, to understand, these words you must enrich your memory through your own experiences.
In the audio-visual field, the works are in principle concrete therefore the messages are simple and straight, usually. But here again we find journalisms, courses and faculties giving lessons on the standardized way of evaluation. They are often dogmatic. You are not expected to think or wonder about. Good building/bad building, good street/bad street, good shoes and good bag; every thing must be evaluated by us, by our own measure based on our image of good life. This measure must be carefully made and be checked rather often. It is the same when you evaluate buildings or costumes either beautiful or ugly. The survived symbol tower from $B!H(BOsaka Expo$B!I(B or the huge church in the center of Barcelona, these are great arts according to the common view led by dogmatic authorities. Are they really great arts?
My home pages often consist of pictures of flowers and people$B!G(Bs daily life. They are nice and beautiful. I hope the pictures evoke the same feeling to the majority of you.