❮ Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Live!

Volume 28: Cross Of Reality (1965)

One 1-hour lecture.

Every word we say has some meaning inherited from the past. We are our parents’ and our grandparents’ children. Our own name, our mother tongue has molded us… The mother tongue is the womb of time out of which we ourselves have received anything we know about ourselves.

—July 16, 1965

Rosenstock-Huessy produced many descriptions and explorations of his Cross of Reality as a basic structure for a new science of society. Each says the same thing in different ways and with greater or lesser detail. Each also offers a different shade of insight.

This short piece is a tightly woven, succinct statement of the core concept.