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More perspectives on communication

"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak, for we were not meant to survive." (Audre Lorde, via Marco Romano)

Talk about non-verbal communication (above)? But it can get even worse (below), can't it?

In the first picture, at least it's a level playing field. In the second picture, it's like Mr. Putin could shut America's Commander in Chief down with just one mouse click → Cat and mouse, and Mr. Biden is the mouse, yes? Reminiscent of the classic New Scientist cartoon of Albert the Laboratory Rat, where Albert becomes the Lab Director and subjects the former [human] Director to a Milgram experiment behind a one-way mirror. Does one really need many words to describe these two pictures? Isn't the nonverbal communication deafening? But at least it's still, as Winston Churchill said about verbal communication:

Jaw, jaw is better than war, war.

My (BMcC[18-11-46-503]) idea of good nonverbal communication is below. Although I would give one more foot of social distancing than in the present picture.

The Japanese nonverbal communicaiton custom of bowing when meeting another person in a social situation.

This is Japan, a land of respectful people. Now, of course, things are rarely simple although propaganda and beliefs generally are. Either party in this most respectful conversation could be about to give the other bad news, for instance, that they have called in debts which the other has no means of paying, so the receiver of the bad news should jump off the ledge, while the young lady would carefully record the thus completed business transaction.


Different item: Forsdale would have loved the following film short from The BBC: Click here to view me.  

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BMcC signature seal stamp. Modelled on 18th century messenger's letter box in collection of Suntory Museum, Tokyo. Japanese write poems and prayers on slips of paper which they tie into knots like this shape although with longer legs. Prayers are often tied to branches of trees which can look like they are covered with snow. "Symbol of a symbol, image of an image, emerging from the destiny that is sinking into darkness...." (H. Broch, "The Sleepwalkers", p.648) Always remember. Add value. (This image created not later than 21 May 2003)Invenit et fecit

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