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Nikko Scelzo

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I believe the reasons for effective communication is an important idea that should be taught.

I have observed that many people try to correct others and such without even knowing why. There are people who say "spelling is important" or "grammar is important" but why? It is important because it helps you more clearly say what it is you are trying to say with as little misinterpretation as possible. The problem is we do not all define things in the same way so the words we use are all flawed. When reading something it is your job to try and understand what it is that was going through the other person's head when they were communicating with you, just as much as it is their job to clearly say what it is they are trying to say. It is a joint effort that must be made not only by one party, but both. That is why there is such emphasis on communication, because without clarity we are not able to express our intentions. If we did not have one another then we would not be able to make our world a better place. Communication is not only important between you and another but within yourself as well, what are thoughts but just you communicating with yourself? I believe that every problem that has ever occurred in our society has been due to clarity in one way or another.

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    Oct 10 2011: Communication happens on many different scales.... but it is everywhere.... simplicity is the key... communication is about transferring your thoughts in a way that you believe to be the easiest for the person you are attempting to communicate with. The problem with this is that many people do not realize that communication requires effort from both the communicator and the communicatee in a sense...communication does not only occur from person to person... it also occurs within ourselves... our body communicates with itself in order to function... when there is miscommunication... is when problems occur... such as illness... or say... tripping...(as in falling not the use of psychoactive drugs) why do we trip? because somewhere along the lines there is miscommunication... it may be the part of your brain that controls your sight not properly communicating with another part that controls your movement say in your legs... and it is not able to properly accommodate for this obstruction...there are many places where miscommunication can occur... within ourselves.... within our environment... life is entirely about communication.... that is what sets the value of everything in our world... and those who are successful in life have a greater ability to communicate... they realize (whether it be consciously or subconsciously) that the more variables you control in a situation the easier it is to achieve a desired outcome... that is why simplicity is key... because it provides you with a greater control... it allows for less misinterpretation.

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