The second instalment from Mr Cake in Japan now follows, with some redaction.
Communication is the only thing we ever do. If you're a Class-A war criminal like Tony Blair, you'd probably want some guy like Alistair Campbell around to make sure that people get the information you want them to get. If you're encouraging people to invade another country or accept policies that guarantee a darker future for all, then you certainly don't want your audience, that is, the entire population of Britain, to have any idea how communication works, do you?
So, what IS communication and how does it work? Basically, communication works as follows:
And, the four basic skills of communication are:
DESCRIBING + EXPLAINING + ASKING + CHECKING
I would like to ask you, dear reader (and yes, I know no-one is really reading this, so I'll just take this opportunity to say: fuckshitwanker! City are rubbish! ) to ask yourself if, at any time during your experience of "education" anybody told you how communication works and the basic skills you need for it? Is the answer never? So nobody learns anything about THE ONLY THING WE EVER DO? Isn't this a problem?
In regard to the definition of "information" it is most basically defined as: everything in the universe. All language, all gestures, all actions, the clothes we wear, the football teams we support, it's all information. And anyone receiving this information will get ideas from it: he's not cool, she's trying to be, he likes me, she doesn't, he's a case, she wants to kill me. Communication is unavoidable.
If all this is true, then the massive failings of our education systems are clear to see. How often are children graded on their ability to ASK and CHECK? Is it practically never? That's 50% of communication right there that is simply ignored. Plus, are children taught how to DESCRIBING and EXPLAINING work? Clearly not. It can also be noted that IQ tests make no effort to measure peoples ability to describe+explain+ask+check.
It's important to understand that the fancy schools are just as bad. The graduates of top Universities the world over are not encouraged to understand how communication works . Thus, you get Oxford grads who spy for The Soviet Union. (The Soviet Union!!). Or you get former students from the prestigious Tokyo University joining Aum Shinrikyo, the apocalyptic cult that nerve-gassed the Tokyo Subway in 1995. A cult which used a photo of its leader "levitating" to recruit members.
Inevitably, the world is shitter than it necessarily has to be because of the simple fact that our leaders, our elite, are also thicker than they have to be.
As I define it, being thick is an inability or unwillingness to communicate, with intelligence being the opposite. In fact, we are born with innate communication skills that can be clearly seen if you spend any time in the company of small children. It's very common when interacting with under 5s to be struck by just how clever they are. The same thought is, to be generous, a rarity when engaging with adults. So what happens to people between the ages of 5 and 18? Do they go to school perhaps?
In a culture that understood and encouraged communication, people would have stood up and demanded of Obama, "What kind of change? Hope for what?" Instead of just crying and waving a flag.
In a British context, a BBC that appreciated communication would have as its flag-ship political programme: "Question and Explaining time."
Overall then, if you've ever wondered what the world would be like if it were run by dogs, wonder now longer. Just take a look around you.
I think we can do way better than dogs.
In future posts, I would like to expand on the topic of communication, and how the lack of it contributes to the detriment of everything we enjoy, including footy!. If that`s not exciting enough, I'll also impart important information about 9/11, the secret link between Kissinger and Zapruder, plus the answer to exactly WHY birds fall in love and sing so gay!