This is just poetry. It won't save you, but it may locate you so that a rescue party can be sent out. — Dean Blehert

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Look, I'm telling you everything I know.
Why don't you understand it
so that I can know something new?

Note: Ever go on talking at great length to someone because you feel that person isn't getting it? Perhaps because he nods and says "uhuh" at all the wrong places -- before you've finished your sentences? Perhaps because he glazes over or says something non-sequitur?

One way to look at this situation is to see the other person's failure to understand or failure to indicate understanding as a trap, holding you stuck in what you are trying to communicate. Truths, as we articulate them, are moving targets: they can go rotten on us if we hold them too long and too tight.

When we go on too long, we are begging our listeners to understand us so that we can be free of what we are trying to say and get on to new thoughts. When we've gone on long enough, we give up and put our attempted communications on permanent automatic, continuing them when we are alone, this endless mumbling to ourselves.

This suggests, when we are bored listeners, that we need to indicate more clearly that we GOT IT! Thus the world "closure". Closure is how I closure (close your) yap!

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