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What do writing in a diary watching television talking with friends speaking on the telephone and reading a menu have in common They are all forms of communication It has been estimated that people spend more time communicating than they spend in any other complex activity in life Even so communication is a word that most people have difficulty defining and talking about The word communication may be used to identify activities that do not involve people For example the word communication may be used to describe the ways that animals relate to each other Similarly it is often said that electronic devices communicate with each other Communication usually refers to activities involving people however Thus communication may be defined as the means through which people exchange feelings and ideas with one another Unlike things which are easily exchanged feelings and ideas are difficult to exchange People wishing to exchange physical objects may simply hand them to each other Feelings and ideas however are without physical substance They cannot be handed directly to another person Rather they must be exchanged through the use of symbols that represent or stand for other things From the book of I Am An Impure Thinker written by Rosenstock-Huessy has illustrated how communication influences how we reason how we define ourselves how we become educated and human institutions This suggests a relationship between symbolic speech and society The following passage describes the aspects of Rosenstock-Huessys vision of the world Mans dignity lies not in producing private opinions but in timing public Truth His speech must not only be more Than himself it must come at the right moment in the fullmess of time Then his words acquire a once for ever Meaning p95 This passage represents the important meaning of the right word spoken at the right time For example Martin Luther King was basically a peaceful leader who both practiced and preached non-violence King traveled
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