More than the sum of words

From Scott Adams’s God’s Debris.

“You think casual conversation is a waste of time.”

“Sure, unless I have something to say. I don’t know how people can blab about nothing.”

“Your problem is that you view conversation as a way to exchange information,” he said.

“That’s what it is,” I said, thinking I was pointing out the obvious.

“Conversation is more than the sum of the words. It is also a way of signaling the importance of another person by showing your willingness to give that person your rarest resource: time. It is a way of conveying respect. Conversation reminds us that we are part of a greater whole, connected in some way that transcends duty or bloodline or commerce. Conversation can be many things, but it can never be useless.”

Huh. Interesting.


Posted on November 11, 2007, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. -grin- puts socialising in a new light doesn’t it?

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