How many times you interpret a word?
Have you read a book or any form of literature? It may be a story, a phrase, a line or even a single word and you think what does that line or word mean? Well, you probably thought about that line according to your existing knowledge and interpret it in your own words. You are wrong because you don’t know what exactly the writer or a speaker of the original text want to say. You ask another person and he makes a different interpretation of the same words. Then you hear and read from more sources and find out that every person has their understanding of everything that he read or listen to. It means that you are not wrong but you have a different knowledge that you apply to this and find a different conclusion at the end.
Here’s a short story: One day I was sitting with my friends on a summer night and they argue with each other on a poetry line. One person is concluding a different meaning while the other interprets it differently. No one is willing to accept others opinions because everyone thought that he cannot be wrong. ‘It is not possible that I am wrong. It’s others who are wrong.’
Meanwhile, I don’t wait further and say a simple sentence.
“You both may be right. You know why? Because every word can be interpreted into so many meanings. Depending on how much knowledge do you have or how many books you read.”
So, on saying this I have got a reply that was not expected. In return, they all laugh at me and said, how is this possible that it can have a different meaning. It is not possible. And I feel embarrassed on saying that.
Later on, I make some more research on the internet and ask some more people. And found out that any sentence or a phrase has different meanings. No person can understand in the same way as others. Every person has a different level of understanding and interpretation. That’s what I was looking for.
I think that our society and school system trained our minds to think in the same way how others think and act. It promotes conformity and discourages kids to have different opinions on anything.
Literature can be interpreted in any form. It depends on you how you understand it and how much research you will make to understand the meaning of words. Even a word in Quran or in Bible can be interpreted in so many forms and you never know which one is more accurate than the others.
The more you go deep inside the hidden meaning of words the better you will be able to explain it. And the more you research about a certain thing the more difficult it becomes to conclude. So rather than becoming like these people who discourage free thinking you can go to found out the hidden meaning of the words.
Yeah, we can indeed interpret anything in multiple forms but I think it’s not possible to understand what exactly the writer wants to say. How you sure that one interpretation is better than the other. For example, you have read a book, then you read the same book again and again. Every time you read you have found out so many new ideas that you cannot find in the previous read. So if you are discovering new ideas every time you read the same book, then how you’ll be able to know exactly what the writer wants to say?