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