The value of talking

The value of talking

Any credible university includes communication skills and logic as a part of the first year curriculum regardless of the field of study the novice student is pursuing. The lead reason could be that anyone and everyone that aims to be an academic or professional in their given field first needs to understand the true value and worth of the systemic use of the process of communication in the effecting of needed changes for human progress.

This is coupled with the need for one to have an in-depth understanding of the basic order of things as is found in the philosophical field of logic. This field of study in reality defines what affects the way things occur in the simplest terms, that is, one begins to understand the causality of things; what causes what and what leads to what pattern and manner of things is laid bare for one to know and to understand the why of how things occur. It does not matter whether it is the drawing of a conclusion in an essay, the decision in a judgement, or the justification of a formula in science, the logic of things is what determines the level of the understanding of any entity, phenomena, and environment.

One can write tales that entrance the reader because the knowledge gathered from the study of logic and reason aids in the fashioning of the plot and the decision on what themes need to be explored in the piece of writing. This logical pattern applies to every field, even in some stilted professions such as science whose contribution to human progress is overvalued despite apparent misuse by some of its followers.
The nerd in the lab designs molecular diagrams or formula for the basic purpose of finding their effect on the human mind, person, and life. Those complicated formulas are calculated on the basis that they impact the human race in some way at the end of the day; nothing is made in isolation of its purpose in human society, that is: things are fashioned or designed on the basis of their contribution to human progress (or regress in some instances).

Pretending that whatever is done is done just for the sake of doing it is what is termed delusion or ignorance. People do things to achieve some personal or communal goal that goes on to serve some individual or universal purpose.

To understand the true worth and value of anything, there is therefore the need to understand its logical basis. Getting to this point in knowledge means that one can then use such an entity that one encounters in a manner that is effective in the process that is called human progress.
To understand the complexity of an entity when it is operating at the optimum level, one need only understand first the basic elements of its ramification before advancing to the more complex processes that fashion its effective operation. It does not matter how long we may speak as the human race on various levels on different topics and themes, what matters is whether we understand the true basic value of that which we are talking about to ensure that there are mutually beneficial results to our talking episode.
The need is for us to be as simplistic as possible in our speech episodes to render our communication effective and to enable the messages that we want to transmit to be understandable to all those gathered around or the individual that we want to pass the message to.

Information is the vehicle of progress, for without it, the instinctive and the necessary process of advancement would prove hard to execute in real or virtual terms. From the unconfirmed hearsay in gossip to the piece of journalistic material that has to be confirmed before its publication, information has a constant value; that of being the engine to the act of communication necessary in the binding of human society, driving such a society forward toward civilisation: that point in human progress where all work in mutual harmony because they understand their roles, the purpose of their roles, the function of their roles, and the ultimate goal which their roles are intended to achieve in human communities across the world.

Without adequate information being provided, the core aspects of the individual’s role cannot be understood in their fullness, that is, instead of one executing their role to its optimum potential, one is likely to end up flouting such a role due to a lack in understanding in terms of the true purpose and function the role is meant to achieve.
A word…stems from somewhere, is inspired somehow by something, some occurrence at first not clearly understood, but with the passage of time unravels its meanings in their full magnitude as defined; by the word. Commonly penned somewhere in the subconscious of the utterer that ‘speaks’ it (for the term is in its basic definition related to the act of communication, passing the message on and receiving it via various senses), the word is what becomes the nexus of the act of communication, a bridge that connects the dots in the act associated with connecting the human and animal and plant races of the world; the word is on its own the core of the process of communication, the definitive element that gives the act of communication its character and meaning: for without the word communication is non-existent.

In many shapes, scents, colours, sensations, flavours, and other stimulants words have their form; and they are thus used to serve the one primal purpose of connection in the world: communication.
Why we often choose to go and argue non-end is what vexes one that bothers to understand the full process of communication and some of the problems associated with. Communication problems are of varied sorts and the solutions thereof come in myriad forms, but there is only one form of that which requires a solution because it is impeding the normal running or functioning of an entity; it is termed dissension.
The magnitude of agreement and disagreement is relative, for it may seem minute for some and gargantuan for others in a given speech or communication episode. The full extent and expanse of dissent or consensus cannot oftentimes be determined because of the immeasurability, that is, how deep or how far it impacts the listener counts but can sadly not be counted. For the affected, the problem may be more clear than for those not in the direct path of the problem’s trajectory, and the only way the two sides can understand the problem is if they establish a point real or virtual at which they can understand what is irking one side and not bothering the other.

Human society has progressed thus far because of this one quality, the instinctive tendency to empathise with the conditions of others based on their mutual respect as fellow human beings by the party that may hold a differing opinion or point of view. It is at this point of understanding of the difference that the entity we term as the solution stems, a point where one side that may disagree with certain aspects of a problematic entity establish a common ground with the complainants; a common point of understanding whose advent means that both parties gain mutual benefits embraced in the solution they establish in their joint pursuit of the common ground found in the process of communication.

Do understand the grace granted by an atmosphere that is without the sound of guns, for when the land and its hills begin to echo the sound of gunshots and booming cannons, the blabbermouth will wish they had bit their tongue before cackling like a gossip on platforms about information they should have reserved for the relevant authorities to disseminate.
One hears of the term ‘expert opinion’, but one is also disappointed when they look at the educational background of those said experts. Lacking in proper education, the speculative nature of the views aired reveals that we are a country that has not bothered to explore the fullness of anything, that is, we tend to be satisfied with less than 10 percent because somehow, the 90 percent can always be imagined into existence even if it is not there.

In this country, an individual sees a snippet of anything and reveals it to the crowd as a full piece, and those that get to see this dubious final piece are often not smart enough to see the cracks the poorly made piece of news is full of just below the surface. Like truly colonised natives, many a citizen still boast about being the ‘first’ to either see or reveal news. The question is: do you ever question the veracity of the piece you just distribute to the masses?

Being snide is not gracious, being malicious is plain heinous, the sad reality is that the so-called ‘social media’ is or has always been a festering dung heap posing as a platform to air nonsense by unthinking nonentities. The biggest tendency these days is understood in the case of the speaking about and not speaking to tendency of trending writers, activists, and common folk. Issues that can be flushed out are retained as the communicator often speaks about the listener and not directly to the listener.

A reading of the history of this continent and an observation of the political trends as they unfold with the passage of each era reveals that the age in which we are in finds Africa at a point where there is some kind of a journey of self-discovery that needs to go on. There are many challenges that pop-up and all of them stem from the dilemma of the individual that does not understand their past. The understanding of the past is the root to one understanding their place in society but even more importantly, it helps one to understand their true identity.

It is only when one knows who they are that they can make decisions that serve their best interests, for the rationale is simply that one first has to know who they are to know what they want or what is suitable for them. We are a continent that has for the larger part of modern history served as the labour reserve to extract natural resources but who sadly are not involved in the processing of such natural resources into finished products. This means that we do not know how the raw materials become what we consume, the manufacturing phase is elusive to us as a continent, and the leadership we have does not have the wisdom to insist on us having the means and the resources to actually become full-time manufacturers of that which we get off the land in the form of natural resources.

In the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, it is said that Daedalus the inventor tied a pair of wings to each of his son Icarus’ arms when they had to make their escape from a prison on the island of Crete. To his son Icarus he said, “Minos controls both land and sea but he cannot control the air. You and I will fly to freedom. Follow me! If you fly too high, the heat of the sun will melt the wax that binds feather to bark; if you fly too low, the waves will splash against your wings and their sodden weight will drag you down. Ride the gusts I ride!” then father and son embraced.

They ran to their prison’s roof’s edge and leapt into the darkness and beat their feathered arms against the air, and they rose into the cool sky. Every surging gust of wind made Icarus cry out with joy and very soon they had left Crete far behind. The sweep of the broad sky was above him; the black sea was beneath. He saw a band of red ahead marking the dawn of the new day that was coming.
Island after island passed by beneath, some no more than rocks jutting out of the sea, some peopled with farms and fields. One man looked up, saw Icarus, gasped and fell. A ploughman in a field stopped, mid- furrow, and stood stock-still. A fisherman gaped like a carp. Icarus laughed at the little figures shouting, pointing, far below. A surge of wind lifted him higher. He lurched and a feather fell.

He looked up to see the bird that had shed it; but above he saw only the fierce eye of the sun (he had flown too close to the sun). A shower of feathers was fluttering now. Ahead, Daedalus looked back to check on the progress of Icarus and saw the boy tumbling, flailing, screaming, breaking against the ocean. Daedalus, cursing his cleverness, buried the boy’s body on a rocky island that was named after him: Icaria.
The failure of our talks stems not from the fact that we do not know how to speak, it stems from the fact that we get carried away in the maze of topics that come up as discussions of progress. We rise to these topics and in the process lose the gist of the matter we came to the table about. We need to understand the true value of what it is we are talking about lest we go off-topic and off course as it is in the various talks held on the continent and the world.

By: Tšepiso S. Mothibi

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