State of captivity; where’d the liquidity go?

J. Waters - Uncultured Space Cadet

… Our perceptions of the external world are habitually clouded by the verbal notions in terms of which we do our thinking. We are forever attempting to covert things into signs for the more intelligible abstractions of our own invention. But in doing so, we rob these things of a great deal of their native thinghood.

Aldous Huxley (Heaven & Hell, 1956)