Originally posted by vandervelde
Communication is a myth.
Politeness is most one can get from the conversation.
People usually wants only two things when they socialize:
to look smart.
And they fear only one thing: to look ridiculous.
When they are still young...
When they grow old they desire only one thing: to live for ever and they fear only death.
Communication is therefore a monologue, covered violence of former cavemen.
Honest two-way communication is rare these days.
If you ask 10 people "When you're having a conversation, do you really listen to the other person, or do you simply wait your turn to speak?" I'd say 7 or 8 of those 10, if being honest, would say "I just wait to speak".
People value very little these days except themselves, and they don't understand why other people don't seem to place as high a value on them as they do. Therefore, frustration is at an all-time high, which is why we see so much road-rage (just one example of the lack of empathy) in America.
(I say "in America" because I live here, I don't live anywhere else, ergo I don't know the situation in other places.)