You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon European sites
Speech is the main way we humans communicate, and so it is important to understand just what it means to us.
There are at least two elements to speech – the actual words spoken, and the feelings that come along with those words.
I’m sure we all know people who are great speakers – they can carry an audience just by the tome of voice and way of speaking, almost regardless of the message being delivered.
At the extreme, this can lead to both wonderful and appalling things.
It can be used to rouse a nation to greater achievements, or to goad a crowd to atrocious violence, depending on the desires of the person with this speaking ability.
But then again, we probably all know of people who seem unable to get their point across to us in their speech.
They may have compelling and accurate information to impart, but somehow the way they say it leaves us unconvinced, if we even listen.
And yet we know that some of these people are really caring and have only good at heart.
Why is it so difficult to ignore the one, or listen to the other?
At heart it is because we do not only listen with our logical brains, but also with our feeling heart and basic emotions.
We do not only hear the words, but feel the feelings, and sense the emotions.
Much as we would like to think of ourselves as rational beings, we are more likely to respond to a speech that reaches us on the level of emotions, than one simply based on logic.
This is both a strength and a weakness, because the words alone are not always enough to transfer the meaning from one brain to another, so emotions help with this.
But it also leads us open to emotional manipulation where logically we would not take the position that we hear.
How we communicate is important – sometimes even more important that what it is we are communicating.
But how we, as an audience, react is more important – are we really swayed by the argument, or have we let our emotions be manipulated?
It is important to remember that our emotions are involved in hearing another, so that we do not fall foul of the emotions of others.