Friday, October 03, 2014

Maximum human communication

Probably the reason that electronic communication is so unsatisfying is that it fails to make use of the full range of expressive capabilities that God gave to humans. Voice inflections, facial expressions, body language, etc.: all these and more are part and parcel of human expressive capabilities, Indeed, some of them are so subtle that they are missed even when seen on a video screen. For instance, we have perhaps noticed what is communicated when a person smiles with his mouth, but his eyes do not quite join in the expression.

It is clear to me that there is even a level of communication that goes beyond the outward expressive capability of man and emanates from the soul itself; and can be felt only in someone else's immediate presence. How could that be transmitted electronically?

Man's first communications were face to face, and that yet remains the most powerful method, despite all man's vaunted technology.

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