Humans Are Strange

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Humans are strange animals.

Have you ever noticed how desperately they try to communicate with one another?  They speak, they write, they paint, they sing—they laugh, they cry, they make faces and they make gestures—they fight wars, they seduce, they raise their voices, they partake in passive-aggressive dances when you don’t turn the TV channel to Dancing with the Stars when you’re in the middle of your Discovery channel documentary show about rival gangs of monkeys.  But for all these communicative media outlets, how often are they really ever communicating their intended messages?

Aside from the core instinctual messages like “I’m hungry,” “I’m scared,” and “I’m ready for some horizontal lovin’,” (and maybe that’s all there really is…) I don’t see humans as perfect vessels of communication.

But really, this communication breakdown is what brings myths to a world that otherwise is stuck only with stupid reality.  This gap in perception is what affords them the ability to see paintings where others see pictures, to hear songs where others hear only sounds, to see humor where others hear only see offense.  Difference helps paint colors in an otherwise unromantic world, grayed over in conformity and acceptance.  Appreciate your ability to disagree!

Read a comic or two on this Web site and try to pinpoint where in the process of communication things broke down.  Then try and pinpoint how it allowed me to mock the situation with a cartoon-spitball-wad shot between the eyes of that breakdown. 

Also, for those readers who have no idea what I’m talking about—go back to the tube and turn Dancing with the Stars back on while I think about the irony of how this post failed to communicate its message.


What Say You (6)

JessicaEdips wrote at 11:13am May 10
Wow! Thank you very much! I always wanted to write in my site something like that
Ariananivy wrote at 6:22am May 13
Very nice blog. I totally agree with your thoughts.
AskingForIt wrote at 11:47pm Nov 19
Oh how original, an intellectual elitist who considers liking something as popular as Dancing with the Stars a sign of cognitive deficiency. Perhaps it's you who should get back to basics and consider that your inability to identify with your peers is a product of your own shortcomings.
FriendlyEnemy wrote at 11:51pm Nov 19
"Humans are strange animals."

Congratulations, you sound high-functioning enough that your eventual diagnosis with Asberger's will not affect you at all, rather than becoming an analytical crutch.
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