Friday, July 29, 2005

Two Eyes One Tongue

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832)

If we kept our mouths closed and our eyes open, more often, the world would be a much nicer place. The better we see things, the saner we sound when we speak about them. There is nothing quite as mind numbing as listening to someone lecture on a subject they have never even studied.
Misunderstandings arise when too many voices chatter at once, with everyone talking nobody much is listening. And as unfair as it seems the same people act the listener role all the time. Those are the ones I listen closest to when they finally speak. Mr. Colton did not name the ears, but they are as important as any other special feature of a persons face.
Things would inprove, in the art of human communication, if people would listen twice as often as they speak, see twice as much as they say, and speak with intelligence when they finally open their mouth. When I see someone focusing ear and eye on something it makes me want to hear them speak. Words are like power tools that some just sling around, but never plug in.