Quand bien écrit, le mot et l’image sont la même chose.
A “word” is defined as “a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.”
More simply put, a word is an image we form in our brains, and having formed the image, we create the word to express it, and vice versa.
If one needs more, go to Plato’s discussion of “what is a chair” in the Republic. Discover why the golden throne of King Midas and a happy fisherman’s log are, and are not, one and the same thing.