Language comes first. It's not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven't got language, you can't be conscious.
Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation of flying? Yeah. Yes, I've done that. Yes, that works.
Art makes us feel less alone. It makes us think: somebody else has thought this, somebody else has had these feelings.
Life is a lot more interesting if you are interested in the people and the places around you. So, illuminate your little patch of ground, the people that you know, the things that you want to commemorate. Light them up with your art, with your music, with your writing, with whatever it is that you do.
S. Jay Olshansky
Roger B. Taney