The lost art of conversation.
In a mood, not quite sure what to do or where to go, no worries, just Google it? I’m mentioning this, because it goes a lot deeper than any one can even begin to imagine, and I’m getting heartily sick and tired of it. Sick and tired of what? You pulling my leg?
Not at all, just Google it? Google what? Anything, a brave new world awaits us all? Are you feeling tired, run down, listless? Google it. Whether of course the answer is there or not is quite beside the point? You might get a Doctor, some Guru, who can answer your question (depending on the keyword of course), tee hee, but rest assured even if you get my cupcakes remedy you’re almost home and dry? Just Google it? And if that doesn’t work, check your keyword, and more importantly keep on trying. In reality what I am trying to say, is. Whatever happened to conversation? So, “what time is today’s game?” Google it. ” What precisely is a tumour?” Google it. You are all actually missing the point? Do you for one moment believe I am actually that stupid? Meaning of course that I have no idea how to Google anything? You might have a point? However, the point you are all missing is, I do not want to Google it, but, I do want your opinion on whatever question I have posed for you. Is that such a heinous crime? Whatever happened to the good old ability of being able to talk no matter how mundane? Does any one even have the remotest idea of what I am trying to say yet?
The reason I mention this of course is that I’m deaf even though I have a Cochlear ear Implant. So in essence I like to talk or at least try and converse a little bit. Yet it appears that I am the odd man out?
So, back to square one. I don’t want to talk to you unless you know what you are talking about and if you don’t then why not Google it to find out more and then begin the conversation? Does this then mean you will talk to me? I highly doubt it, may be something else to watch on the TV? Also, always providing that ‘you’, know what you are talking about in the first place also? Now that alone is enough to give the originator the wonderful excuse to either walk out or not begin to talk either? You have hurt their precious feelings. Well what about mine, don’t I have feelings either?
So, let us just take Facebook as an example for the time being. I love it there, especially finding so many of my long lost friends there. Believe it or not our country has had a checkered history and we are all over the World now. Would you know that I also have a lot of experience there and other places? Essentially then, you as my friend post something, 10 people like it but not one of them can be bothered to leave a comment, so why did you like it? This is about the time I come in. Provided of course I like it? Let’s assume I do, therefore I leave a comment. The dialogue has commenced and hopefully someone else may follow suite? It often does once the ice has been broken. The $64000 question is of course, which would you prefer another like or the commencement of a dialogue? Did I mention being heartily sick and tired? Which brings us back to square one and the original premise of this piece. Let’s just begin again.
A friend (long lost), posts about the cricket test between SA and Australia, saying he thinks it’s in the bag. Has 20 likes and nothing else. I then comment, “what’s the score?” I have just committed a heinous crime, and no one but no one can tell me the score. After all why don’t I know this? I have a TV (provided some soap is not on of course), I have a PC. Therefore why can I not find out for myself, Google it? Actually I can, however, I asked you for the score, nobody else just you, because I would actually like to talk to you. But they can’t tell you this, no Sir, noSireeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Is it any wonder then that wherever you go today all you ever see in a room full of people, all texting on their phones or busy watching the TV, but nobody but nobody can open their mouth to speak? Perchance they have forgotten how?
I silly you not.
You silly me now.