(2003 to 2005)

It would be nice if talking to people was useful...

Sat Jun 19 19:34:00 UTC+1000 2004


...but I'm not sure that it is.

I wonder how much of your communication is an attempt to impose your view of the world on others, and how much of it is actually trying to discover something. (I think maybe I try to discover things *by* imposing my view on others, perhaps that's how it works)

I wonder if people really do 'listen'.. I don't really see the point in it, unless you wanted to know something specific, for some end.

Most communication sort of feels like 'ritual'. Just going through the motions, playing back the tape. Everyone already thinks they've got it all figured out. Communication is protocol. It's hand-shaking. People who listen probably just use it as an excuse not to talk.. I reckon most of the time when I'm listening I think I'm usually just waiting for the other person to finish their point so I can tell them why they are wrong, or I'm just using it as an excuse not to talk..

Maybe not though.. maybe it's just that the other people are so often wrong..? Maybe I don't *understand* the other person?

I think I like to tell people what I think so that they can refute it AND I like it when what I say is refuted HOWEVER I hate it when false premises are introduced.. and I think language is a false premise.. bah!

So confusing.. it's all games!

No, wait.. *I* want to talk, but *everyone else* just wants to...

I'm not going to finish this am I... oh well...

I'm not even going to apologize for the state of this post. You get what you pay for.


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