Ids are art. They expand one’s linguistic mind into the creatively graphic. They are personal aesthetic expression. Artists should prefer drawing their language creatively to writing it with dead phonetic scratches. As I write in ids I spontaneously create and play and improve.
Ids are philosophy. In order to represent an idea graphically, one must confront and struggle with what the idea really means.
Ids are scholarship. They teach what the roots of words are and the relationships among words. They clear away the fog of unknowingness about our own language.
Ids are clearer than ordinary language. They are more specific.
Ids are easy. As much as possible, I’ve tried to make them self-evidently pictorial. Beyond that I’ve striven to make them logical and efficient.
Ids are self-improvement. Because they involve more of the mind, they improve the mind. Pictorial images are stickier than phonetic symbols.
Ids are personal. Make your own! We each have our own takes on ideas. What graphic representations of ideas work for you?
I no longer have as favorable a view of Chinese characters/Japanese kanji as I used to. I now think they have their strong and bright points, but are generally shot. They are way, way too complex and just chock full of nonsense. They are old–primitive attempts at representing ideas graphically. Their forms are limited by the fact that they were originally written with brush and ink. Modern writing instruments allow much more versatility–neat little circles, filling in, and much more detail.
In the short selection below of kanji and their id equivalents, I would guess that the ids take generally a fifth or less time to write. And the ids themselves, to a much higher degree, represent the things and ideas with more true-to-lifeness and thus are much easier to recognize. On top of that, ids are embedded in “families” with the same or related components for related ideas. A major class of these families is “graphic opposites,” in which ideas with opposite meanings are represented with graphically opposing elements–see good/bad, short/long, and the directions NSEW. Compare these ids to the kanji and you’ll see that the ids are much clearer and simpler.