Saturday, August 29, 2015

Things that Speak


When we think of the word "speak," we immediately think of the verbal communication that we often participate in,  and sometimes we even think of "speak" synonymous with "verbalize." I propose that this is a habit that wants to be broken; there are many, many ways to communicate, and the more we're aware of, the better we will understand one another.
To (literally) illustrate my point, look at this picture. There is no speech balloon, but you can tell, at a glance, what Edgar here is thinking. If this drawing is any good (I hope it is; I drew it!), then you will know that this boy is wondering if his sister has gone off the deep end, and wants to know if he's the only one seeing this.

This brings us up to three ways to speak:
1. Verbalize
2. Images
3. Body language

You've heard that plants like to be talked to. You've probably also heard the theory that plants like this because they inhale what we exhale onto them. But how many times have you heard that plants talk too?

No, really! They talk, but because we've been taught that speaking is verbal, we don't even notice it when they try to communicate.They could be shouting, "Hey, you! Your fly is undone! You might want to fix that!" but because we're only listening for English, or whatever other human languages we've learned, it isn't even on our radar. Plants don't emit sound, they connect with other life on an emotional level, and they can detect energy changes much more easily than we can, which enables them to detect everything they need to.

By now you're probably wondering if you shouldn't put this bizarre, bias,  anthropomorphous article down. If that's your thought, you're probably one of those scientific types. If you wish, here's an experiment to either prove or disprove me:

Get a notebook and pencil, then go outside and pick a healthy-looking plant. Before approaching it, write down how you feel, as accurately as you can. Next, walk up to the plant you chose, say something to it, preferably positive the first time, to help it warm up to you, then write down exactly what you said, and any emotional changes you detect in yourself. The longer you do this, the easier it will become, and you might even be able to pick out individual words. Stop laughing; I'm dead serious. The more you open up to a plant, the more it will say, and the more you'll be able to hear. Of course, this experiment would be useless if you had already decided that this entire thing is hogwash.

The point I was hoping to make, though this rambling article, is this: We can learn from anything, but sometimes it takes opening our minds to concepts we're not comfortable with. The more open we keep ourselves, the more we'll start to understand, and the more people that learn to understand, the better off we'll be.

I believe that Earth's biggest problem isn't poverty, global warming, smog, illness, or even starvation. Earth's biggest problem is our lack of compassion one towards another. I hope one day we'll learn to open up, and communicate on levels we never did before. Understanding that speaking isn't just verbalizing is an important step in fixing our problems and increasing compassion.

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