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Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 22: Communication

Day 22
Movement, objects, speech, an words:
We communicate throug gross symbols.
We call them "objective",
But we cannot escape our point of view.
- Deng Ming-Dao

The opposite of communication is miscommunication, which seems to happen more often than not despite our intention to communicate due to subjectivity.

The author writes, "Followers of the Tao assert that we know no absolute truth in the world, only varying degrees of ambiguity. Some call htis poetry; some call this art. The fact remains that all communication is relative. Those who follow Tao are practical They know that words are imperfect and therefore give them limited importance: The symbl is not the same as the reality."

My motto has always been, "Say what you mean and mean what you say." However, the majority of people don't know how their words are not their truth. They say things they don't mean and in return I find most individuals to have no legitimate intention to follow through with words. Communication is a type of language - body and speech - but this are just extensions of the inner truth you carry with yourself everyday, it is called having communication skills for a reason. Actions speak louder than words. Just as there is "no absolute truth in the world", so there is no absolute truth in the attempt to depend on getting real truth from other human beings.

The only truth I have found to
any value is in nature.
It doesn't "say" one thing
and "mean" another.
A tree is a tree.
A rock is a rock.
A river is a river.

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