Communication - what
is it really? We
are living in the age of communication! Nearly every body is carrying a
'handy' in one's pocket and people talking with each other every where
all the time. But is this communication? The Internet is full of millions
of messages and there are an endless number of exchanges in discussion
boards, mailing lists, news groups, etc. But is this communication?
I guess communication
is when one individual gives a sign of one's existence to another individual.
Right? So giving a smoke signal is communication. Expressing oneself through
any kind of sign which can be heard or seen is communication? There is
something missing. It is the receiver. If a signal is send out and is not
received by somebody, then this is not communication. There must happen
an exchange or at least one side has to receive. Does this mean that when
a musician is playing his instrument or a singer is singing and there is
somebody who is listening that this is communication? If the listener is
receiving the 'message' then probably it is.
But is communication
limited to signals that are received through sound or visible signs? Isn't
even a blink of one's eyes a communication between two people? And looking
deep into each others eyes might be a more profound communication than
lots of talking or messages. If this is so, then touching a person might
be also communication. Having a cup of tea together might be communication.
Doing just a gesture, then also is communication. So what is not communication?
All reaching out or
giving attention to a person is the intent to communicate. Right? It is
like an invisible smoke signal: Hey, I am here! Can you see me? Can you
hear me? Please call back that I know that you received my message. Then
I know that I exist and then you know that you exist!
So what is the reason
why people communicate and why is this so important?
Because they confirm
each other in their existence. Not more and not less! Humans do the same
as animals and all alive beings are doing it. When two animals meet each
other, then they are communicating each other, they have their language,
with signs, smells, gestures and they know how to read this. They can even
communicate in a long distance, they all do it and they don't need a handy...
Knowing why we all
have the urge to communicate, then we might also understand why we are
not really satisfied with the way we communicate. It isn't enough that
we just confirm each other in our existence. Obviously not, we want this
to be more perfect.
To fulfill this need, now with the mobile telephones one can also can transmit
images to another person. When we communicate through the Internet when
chatting, we want to see the other and can install a video camera. The
next will be that all telephones will have a screen and people calling
can see each other. They still can't touch or smell each other. This would
even be more perfect. But probably still not enough. What is missing?
Can we find out about
it? I can sense what it is, but I will leave it open for now... What do
you think about it? Tell me, then we will talk more...
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