Conversations And Connections…


Here is a mid-week tease for my upcoming column, Part II of my ongoing series on life as a fitness trainer.  This week’s column, Conversations Over Crunches, should be up by Saturday, January 29th.  Please check back then.  In the mean time, below is an excerpt:

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 As an exercise in creative dialogue, I have a question I sometimes put to friends or acquaintances as a means of generating intelligent discourse.  I most often use this question at the dinner table, or as an icebreaker at parties.  However, it generates the best results in dialogue, as something to expand on while running or hiking with others.  The question is this;

“Would you rather lose your vision, or lose your ability to speak and to hear?”

With few exceptions, the answer to this question confirms that most would rather lose their voice and hearing than their vision.  For all the times I have asked the question, I can only recall one person who would rather have their voice and hearing spared than their sight.  I will never understand this.

Though I do find my sight to be useful, I can’t imagine not having another audible conversation.  It is speaking with and hearing others that better connects me to them, and reminds me I’m not emotionally alone in the world.  To miss the inflection or the emotion in the voice of another, or to not be able to offer mine, lost only to sign language or some kind of an electronic medium, I would feel detached from the soul of others.

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Please check back this Saturday for, Conversations Over Crunches.  Oh, and there is this by Big Country; Winter Sky.  Enjoy…

2 responses

  1. When thought of in a practical sense, over time the frustrations of being vision blind would become easier to accept than those of being deaf & mute; my opinion based on zero experience of course.

    The thought of being vision blind is frightening, our ability to see is our long range radar, it is what we use most often to make initial easy judgements of like/dislike, it gives us the greatest sense of security of the senses.

    But not being able to hear/speak, would take so much more out of the texture of life. I would see the inability to engage readily into audible conversation / debate as the greatest frustration. You wouldn’t know there is a debate to be had, the sounds of topics would be swirling all around you and you’d be in the dark figuratively to there presence.

    Now the counter argument to that may very well be in believing that the loss of hearing/speaking can be compensated for to a decent degree via visual means e.g. sign language and sub-titles. Where the compensation for vision-loss in today’s technology is does not go as far to replace what was lost.

    Long live debate and may we never have to settle this one from first hand experience.

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