Writing, Time, and the Speed of Light

How fast can light travel? This question has been answered by scientists, esp. physicists, and found to be 299 792 458 m / s. And a light year, a unit of length used to express astronomical distances and measures about 9.46 trillion kilometres (9.46 x 1012 km) or 5.88 trillion miles (5.88 x 1012 mi).

Nothing, they say, would travel faster than this. I will leave your thought here and move on to the next topic, that is, writing.

Diversity makes life beautiful.

French philosopher Jacques Derrida in “Writing and Difference”, made his point by suggesting that writing is about using signs to create differences by referring to other signs. For example, to define the word ‘apple’, you’ll need to rely on other words to conceptualize the word ‘apple’. You cannot simply say an apple and an apple. This tautology leads you nowhere. All writers rely on the idea of creating a difference.

Derrida is making another point of space and writing. When we define something through writing, we create space and the difference between signs allows us to compare, contrast, and contest systems and concepts. In short, it’s the 3Cs proposed by Lian and Lian (1997).


Ferries, J. (1998). Writing and Difference.

Lian, A. P. and Lian, A. B. (1997). The Secret of the Shao-Lin Monk:
Contribution to an intellectual framework for language-learning. Retrived from https://andrewlian.com/andrewlian/prowww/shaolin/psupres2.htm

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