Communication is a lost art.
In a way, it’s sad. As I sent a text to a friend today, I realized the text was more likely written in a way someone might phrase something if they were around in the roaring 20’s, which, at least to me, felt playful.
Yet in a way, I see it as an opportunity.
Language, and communication in general, need to be playful. When we’re around people, we need to learn again to find the joy in the witty wordplay of the the intelligent. We need to learn to have fun with the way people counter our questions with questions of their own, or our figures of speech with their own. I seem to remember an exchange from a movie called “A Few Good Men” that illustrates this perfectly, quotes courtesy of IMBD.com.
Kaffee: How’s it going, Luther?
Luther: Another day, another dollar, captain.
Kaffee: You gotta play them as they lay.
Luther: What goes around comes around.
Kaffee: Can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Luther: At least I got my health.
Kaffee: Well, then you got everything… See you tomorrow, Luther.
Luther: Not if I see you first.
That! That is the playfulness we need to learn to enchant ourselves and our conversations with.
Communication is overly infatuated with social media in a way I’m finding is progressively more worrisome.
Yet I turn to a quote by K-State’s athletic director John Currie as I prepare to make my final point.
“Writing is a skill and an art, and few people from big education or elsewhere can do it.” —John Currie.
So learn to relish in the art of playful discourse laddies and gentlemen. If you write, speak, or sing, learn to do it well and brace yourselves.
Those who communicate well are about to rise to prominence within society in a way the world has never seen.