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In all the years that my father signed my report card, he would simply put this one word down and sign.  No matter how lengthy the report from the teachers.  Sometimes complimentary, and sometimes pointing my weaknesses.

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In all the years of dealing with a world full of friendship, betrayal, love, undermining, he had probably realized that most of what is said has little meaning.  Worse, his silence and expression that was pithy at best, suggested his contempt for speaking out what he wanted to say.  Probably, because no matter what he said, hardly anyone was even listening.  Everyone was busy processing the words, the expressions, the tone through a tape that they had created out of their own conditioning.  What he would say was never heard or understood anyway.  So, if the world was adept at making “meaning” out of lengthy prose, why waste breath?  Let them do it with complete silence or one word syllables.  Meanings would be made.  Judgments on speaker’s intentions and values passed.  Let the world revel in decoding brevity.

When one looks at the world around to see how completely self-obsessed world is in how it processes its own information, one realizes that the dilemma that my father faced was not unique.  What can you say when words will not be heard.  But processed.

When I sometimes meet people and listen to what they have to say, and how they react to whatever one has to say, I often feel like saying just one thing, and moving on.

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Karthik Prakash
Karthik Prakash
December 24, 2013 4:40 am

One of the best short articles I have read. Keep up the good work mate

February 6, 2014 10:53 am

Interesting, I sometimes think that way too!

Archana Kapoor
April 12, 2016 2:46 am

Wow! You never mentioned this about papa to me earlier… wise I must say… very wise indeed 🙂

April 12, 2016 3:27 am

” Listening is conditioned merely in our responses “.
The relevant inference to a simple act expressed beautifully defines your style.
Keep Writing !!

Mixed Bag
April 12, 2016 5:20 am

What a powerful word it is ‘Noted’. So well put across, Desh. I enjoyed reading this.

April 15, 2016 10:22 am

Absolutely relatable: “So, if the world was adept at making “meaning” out of lengthy prose, why waste breath?” The words must be heard and felt at both the ends.