thoughts versus speech

Came across this passage in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel ‘God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater’ as he described the plot of a sci-fi novel written by a frequently appearing character in his work, Kilgore Trout.

“the reason creatures wanted to use language instead of mental telepathy was that they found out they could get so much more done with language. Language made them so much more active. Mental telepathy, with everybody constantly telling everyone everything, produced a sort of generalized indifference to all information. But language, with its slow, narrow meanings, made it possible to think about one thing at a time”

Although originally published in 1965 I immediately thought about how Vonnegut’s description of “mental telepathy” compares to our modern day use of blogs(and other electronic means of communicating). Do too many sources of information cause them to get lost in the shuffle or ignored compared with face-to-face conversations? Here we just “broadcast” whatever is on(in?) our minds to the Universe. Any audience may know WHAT we are thinking but are unable in most cases to derive important additional meaning from HOW it was actually said coming out of our mouths.

I realize the irony of mentioning this in a “blog”.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to thoughts versus speech

  1. Anonymous says:

    your recent post….
    I have to agree…So many times in blog or chat comments are misleading or misunderstood. Though, one eventually “knows” the person better and is able to discern the meaning accordingly. However, I have personally found that the webcam can lend a whole new diminsion to the “electronic means of communicating” Afterall, the eyes are the windows of our souls.

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