Joseph of Arimathea was, according to all four canonical Gospels, the man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus after Jesus‘ crucifixion. A number of stories that developed during the Middle Ages connect him with both Glastonbury, where he is supposed to have founded the earliest Christian oratory, and also with the Grail legend.
As noted, the meanings that individuals attach to their experiences have no significance as purely individual possessions.28 Feb
While experiencing is a personal phenomenon, individuals do not do their experiencing as isolates. Each individual’s experiencing influences that of others with whom he is in contact. These interactions, in fact, produce among those associated a specific experiential complex. As noted above, the meanings that individuals attach to their experiences have no significance as purely individual possessions; they have been developed jointly and are in large measure commonly held and commonly interpreted. This means that men unconsciously and consciously reveal experiences to others, share with others-exchange the meanings of their experiences. This they do by communication, that is, by the transmission of a “message” from originator (“sender”) to destination or audience (“receiver”). Each combination of interacting individuals has its “communication net” and a continuous “flow” within the net. The members must have this in order to adjust themselves to each other and to their various environments.
Communication is not an end in itself. It is, in fact, the elemental social process-the social technique upon which all social processes depend. Its elemental significance rests upon the fact that without it there can be no semantic transfer. This is of crucial importance in that meaning alone is communicable and communicated; the rest, as will be noted, is “instrument” and “conditioner.” Moreover, communication is necessary in order to establish all social ties, to conduct action with or against others. without it-and in sufficient quantity, quality and range-there can be no inter-stimulation and reciprocal response, no establishment of common meaningful conceptualization, no informative, instructional, provocative, invitational, or directive action, no invention, no recording, accumulation, and transmission of knowledge, no social organization, no planning and reorganization.
While some communication is incidental or accidental, for the most part it is intentional and purposive, directed toward specific objectives and ends.
Joyce O. Hertzler, A Sociology Of Language (Random House New York (c) 1965) p. 26-27