The power and reality of speech as divine breath was evanescent n the ancient world and in the Edwardian Age was given a to and fro exchange quality where meaning transpired and conversation ensued. Truly in these barbarian time frames we are caught in, words are reduced to meaningless and shallow chatter like a barrage of bullets occasioning nausea and voids,words beating the vapid air. Blessed silence!!
Has anyone else noticed lately that people seem to be getting louder? No
one listens anymore, they talk more, but they say less. It's just babble to fill
the air. People seem to be losing the gift of making conversation. I think
conversation should be speaking with someone, rather than "talking at" them, but
I have noticed that conversation now seems to consist of someone jabbering away
at people, rather than engaging them in a to-and-fro exchange of thoughts and
ideas. We are held captive by the rapid-fire talker, who spews words at us like
bullets from a machine gun, and there's no escape. Any attempt to engage them in
conversation with us is futile, because -- they're not listening.The young lady
in the Japanese restaurant chattered away at her three companions, completely
unaware that they looked like deer caught in the headlights of a car. Do we owe
this lost art of conversation to the fact that we are living in a louder
society, and we have to talk louder in order to be heard? Or perhaps we are so
used to watching the "talking heads" on TV that we subconsciously emulate them
when we speak with people, and we think we're making conversation.