Commitment to Communication

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Commitment – a word rarely heard and even lesser practiced nowadays. It has lost its meaning throughout the life of a person. Commitment to life, relationships, career and even to oneself, is on a decline without any promise of a betterment. One of the biggest assets people are losing out on in being a ‘rational’ human being, is the commitment they put into communication with one another. If this engagement is lost, so shall the other aspects of life deplete on its own.

Communication has three major parts to it – talking, listening,  and thinking. All three play a vital role in a proper conversation. Each person should strive to perfect all the parts to be able to connect with people around them. With the current trend of electronic communication, people have become adept at talking, and forgotten the other two facets of a conversation. Listening and understanding through the use of thought processes creates new channels of ideas in the brain, and helps humans with the skills of critical thinking and comprehension.  Reading between the lines, getting the emotions right, understanding what the other person really meant, have all turned into realities of the past. The loss of conversations have affected not just relationships with others but with oneself as well. 

Expressions have become emojis and elaborate greetings have turned into a two letter word- Hi. Catching up for beverages and talking face to face, realizing the ‘real’ realities of those around us, coming in contact with different personalities and getting along with a myriad of people, provide higher strength to an individual’s character and helps him/her grow exponentially with regards to knowledge and wisdom of the world and the humans inhabiting it.

Communication is what lead humans to inventions and discoveries that are being blatantly taken for granted . If not for the continued conversations and ideas that flowed from one person to the other, the world would not have found the glory it shines with today. The reduction in conversations have lead to a generation of humans that are not bothered to actually communicate, investigate or critically analyze, but believe whatever has been shown to them without a moment’s pause.

Commitment to conversations of intellectual quality  will aid people in becoming better at being a human and doing what a human is distinct from other creatures for – ‘rationalization’ through conversations and movement of ideas from one intellect to the other.

Communication aids in civilization and self-development of a human being.

 

What more does the ‘brain’ need to be moved?

A starving person, a dying person or a dead person. How much worse does it need to get to move our cold depraved brains? How much harder is it for people to shed tears and empathize with those going through hardships?

The increase in violence has seeped into every household and changed the lives of many. Movies, video games, social media, news have all contributed to aiding the arrival of gross non-age appropriate violent content into each person’s television, mobile and computer. Repeated exposure to these brutalities are leading to quite drastic changes in people’s  perspectives and actions. This is leading to a society of unkind, cruel, apathetic individuals who, if selfish, will bow down to anything to get what they want and what they think they deserve.

The brain is an organ that on constant exposure can become tolerant to many harmful inputs that affect it’s healthy functioning. For example, desensitization is a process by which the brain numbs its emotional stimuli or reaction to the gross images presented to it. So, like an addict who requires heavier drugs due to increased tolerance, the brain of the person exposed to these violent inputs on a regular basis, will require even more gross a content, to be able to draw a reaction to the cruelty viewed.

Empathy and violence have a reciprocal relationship; more familiarity with the latter reduces the former’s chance to survive in the human consciousnesses’. While sympathy can be dolled out easily by anyone, it takes real sensitivity and innocence to be able to feel the pain and stand in the sufferer’s shoe. A person whose heart has been hardened cannot understand or comprehend another person’s pain and thus, we need to stop viewing content that can gradually harden our approach to afflictions in general.

The belief that ‘graphic’ details will aid in providing more sympathy from onlookers’ is a groundless stupidity of this generation. People faced with difficulty do not want pity from others. They want their voices heard and understood by fellow human beings. Helping them is an option that we need to take consciously to improve their livelihood, not because we were forced to sympathize with their predicaments.  We need to try getting rid of this pitying pattern and actually take part in providing the best for everyone in our surroundings.

   The world doesn’t need another log of wood to add to the fire. What it requires is a bucket of water, to bring down the fire from its raging heights.