Chris Corrigan posts about conversation being sacred. I’ve been thinking about this too lately.
I wonder what it would be like if we conversed with each other as if our speech is a form of grooming akin to the way apes show care for each other with their rituals of touch. I think it’s easy to engage with “battles of ideas” and not notice the impacts that these are actual having on our experience of each other.
Here’s a barmy thought experiment: what if when we disagree with someone, we try to express our thought as is we’re using our words to gently massage their shoulders? Would the words come out differently? Would we maybe decide not to disagree so strongly, or at all?
Update: See my comment below – this isn’t intended as a policy we should all implement, more an experiment to indicate choices…