Time for Talking

By Mark Antony Rossi

I read a lecture by Aldous Huxley that briefly touched upon the human ability of speaking and how it radically changed the brain and likely the fate of the planet. The genesis of human communication was the impetus for homo sapien civilization. Through the gift of talking one could connect, work with others, create communities and build a tower to the stars. Teamwork requires talking.

I don’t want to overstate the power of talking since it doesn’t guarantee perfection; sometimes talking fails to bring understanding. But it has prevented more problems than caused and that open secret cannot be disputed. Talking is an universal remedy for insurrection.

Strangely in this modern age, talking hasn’t increased or improved with communications technology. Those predictions proved to be mostly false. The power of talking is two-fold, first the unaided voice, and second, the presence of the persons involved in the exchange. There is a psychological credit transmitted by a personal dialogue versus a one dimensional communique or a standard telephonic call.

Talking, stripped of technology, is a vital instrument in the human tool chest. It immediately reminds the partakers how critical, physical presence, body language and perhaps vocal tone are to dramatic discussion. Talking has played a pivotal role throughout human history.

We can’t stop taking. Silence is ruinous. Whether by design or accident a closed mouth is a closed mind. It shuts out hope and healing. When we stop talking governments fail. Spouses walk out. Wars begin. Dreams die. Silence is permission for inhuman behavior. We can’t stop talking. It’s our one chance to save the future without expensive blood sacrifice.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York.

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