Just_Saying_Thu12/29/2011

The problem with this mental game of catch we play called conversation is that the ball transforms in the air so that the ball that is caught is rarely, if ever, the ball that was thrown.–me

Everything we say is said in the context of our own thoughts, beliefs and experiences to which no one has direct access. Everything they hear is interpreted in the context of their thoughts, beliefs and experiences to which we have no direct access. The message that is heard can only be similar to the message that was sent if the two individuals involved share a similar mental context. For everyday communications this is reasonably likely, but far from certain. For matters of the spirit this is far less likely.

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