Society without Communication
Is communication the most important creation to mankind?
Let me start with the definition of communication: "the imparting or exchanging of information." What are the types of communication?
- Verbal (speech, singing, shouting)
- Non-verbal (body movement, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions etc)
Why is communication so important?
Firstly the development of language and speech is an exceptional creation, it is used everyday by each and every human being on this planet, nothing else even touches the scale of this kind of value and importance.
Would we be where we are today?
Imagine having millions of generations all over the world which would have to learn absolutely everything from scratch, this is what would happen without any communication.
Furthermore how would we transfer all of our knowledge to the next person, better yet, how would we improve our capacity of knowledge as a whole. We simply wouldn't be able to if we can't share any of our experiences.
Would we continue to advance at all?
Following on how would we be able to create a flourishing adaptive society if everything we want to create cannot be expressed through our thoughts and desires? We could still accomplish great individual feats, but it yields no value if we cannot share it to the next person.
Does our communication allow us to be selective?
The basic building block of all human interaction is communication. But how does this let us be selective? Relationships - ignore the evolutionary standing of natural selection, we can harness and manipulate the intense power of love and be with who we want to be with. Could we do this without communicating though?
The Link Between Culture and Communication
Without the influence of culture this world would be populated with seven billion people who act, speak and live the same.
You cannot create culture without interaction - we'd all look like a blank canvas, we'd not know how to express what we feel, and most of all we wouldn't have any understanding of language and speech.
Individuality & Personality
Our friends and family have a tremendous effect on our personalities, we develop similar attitudes and thoughts which we incorporate into our own lives; this leads on to people often saying "you're just like your brother you are", and other similar examples.
Furthermore, as mentioned in the topic of culture and communication will we really all be a 'blank canvas' without communication? It seems plausible to think we will! We would act just like all the other species out there that you have seen, they all look and act the same because they have no sophisticated means of communication.
What would we be missing out on?
How do you reckon you would live without a couple of these examples:
So, are you familiar with your instincts? Every single piece of information you know has been communicated to you via sharing. Additionally, this article reveals that communication is subconsciously sometimes one of the most overlooked yet immediately important concepts in our lives. What has been passed down over generations and what we will all pass on in the future is of immeasurable value.
But through mankinds effective communication we have determined the growth of this world as we see it.