Easier Said Than Done?

Say What?

Hmm, Chewy, I have no idea if Atheists can be trusted in a court of law after they’re sworn under oath… oh, hi! Yes, welcome to another blog post, friends. I often think about how I’ll never communicate with a massive majority of humanity, whether it’s because I don’t speak their language, or if we simply will never meet, in person or otherwise. The reason I give this a second thought is because I wonder what the world would be like if everyone shared their knowledge and had access to it at the snap of a finger, and there were no barriers. Before you call me crazy, let me explain…

Think Against Your Programming

Did you ever consider that 99% of the time you hear  a smoke detector, it’s warning you about your ability in the kitchen rather than an actual catastrophic fire burning down your house? Nine times out of ten the lifeguard’s blaring whistle is directed at little punks running around the poolside, and not any immediate danger. A car alarm going off at 3am doesn’t alarm you, it pisses you off. These types of communication are strange to me, because in our heads we have a perception of why they exist, but reality has given us an altered awareness. 

Barriers?

I think this concept applies to human interaction, too. If a Brazilian and a Japanese person were to meet and they couldn’t communicate with each other through language, each person would form a perception of the other, unlike one that would be formed if the two could speak to each other. This judgement can be founded on clothing type, hairstyle, nationality, and many other variables. The point is, a human’s innate acumen, whether positive or negative, is what keeps the communication barrier high. 

Break Barriers!

If we relate this point back to our examples, judging people before trying to understand them is, unfortunately, the 99% or the nine times out of ten ratio. Ideally, we would be more alert when a smoke detector goes off, aware of anybody who might be in trouble in the pool, and more conscious to look if a car is actually being broken into. As such, we should be more open to communicating with people who we normally wouldn’t. The tools are already there to do so: translation programs, language software, or even art and music.

Only a Small Percentage of Us Are Psychos

The truth is, smoke detectors will always be under appreciated, lifeguard whistles will always be dismissed, and car alarms will always be annoying. So too will humanity always be at odds with itself in one way or another. If we choose to try a little harder to communicate, though, those odds might one day even out.