Juliana, Hilary and I visited a sandwich shop today for lunch. While ordering, Hilary was trying to ask the man at the counter what was in one of the calzones. We didn’t really know what he as saying and he didn’t speak English. In order to help us, he went into the back and pulled out the food he was describing—an eggplant. Of course, then, we all went, “Oooh, eggplant!” He and the other woman at the counter looked at us strangely, repeating the word. “Egg…plant?” they continued to say as we smiled and nodded. They were so fascinated by the English name of that particular food. While eating our delicious sandwiches, I reflected on how language is so necessary for communication, and yet there are so many different languages that can be impossible for two human beings to communicate. The thing that brought our opposing languages together was the object itself, which reminded me of the teachings of Plato’s Gorgias. He said that nothing exists, and if we knew that something existed, we could not communicate it to anyone else. But that eggplant existed, and its existence helped to bridge the gap in communication between us and the people behind the counter. So, in that way, I disagree with Plato. Things do exist, and it is that existence of things that helps us as human beings communicate with one another when words cannot.