Words are magical.
Like little baits, cast out into the tumultuous waves where little fish swim in the depths of twilight - dysphotic zone.Twilight of the Idols
must have made a great psychological impact in such creatures - ironically, and inevitably, becoming an idol in the twilight.
They too peered into the dark abyss - aphotic zone - and they felt the monsters disturbing the darkness.
Words are powerful....but their power extends only as far as there is comprehension - ergo, humanity=world; world=humanity.
Their range of potency only extending as far as linguistic effect, beyond which it is entirely and completely impotent.
To feel the complete power of words you must understand them...deeply, profoundly, only then can you be initiated into their utility.
Remaining within the theme, it is comparable to schooling - a self-referential inter-subjective collectivized mass, appearing to be more than it is, held together by shared needs/desires, or memories delivered through words.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Religion uses semiotics to create these ever-expoanding schools of thought - defence against the big full of threats ocean beyond.
In humans it creates a self-referential world-view - nihilistic, because it begins by negating the world beyond - the ocean beyond the collective school of thought.
Fish in dialogue creating an alternate reality only the participants - chosen - can understand, because the source is personal....private.
Challengers simply cannot understand - they misunderstand.
Here we see the context, subtext and pretext in action.
The fish are in dialogue - pretext - unaware of their underlying motive - subtext - constantly shifting to remain obscure, concealed, as if belonging to something formidable - context. If you could ask them their motives are obviously clear...communion, sharing, socializing...benevolent, innocent. Any other interpretation is the product of bigotry, or incomprehension....misinterpretations ....because only the participants can truly understand their collective intent.
You must first truly and completely believe to understand... faith.