Vive la Révolution


Sam Farber, Opinions

We as human beings have struggled to communicate ideas to one another for millennia. It has led to the disintegration of empires, the killing of millions, and last but not least; the very loud and vehement future we now live in. Today, we have the ability to spit any thought, feeling or opinion that pops into our highly evolved “think tanks” into our immediate environment, whether it be the very heedful peer next to you or social media. The very idea of vocalizing your beliefs along with Western philosophy can be accredited to Pythagoras himself, for it was he that supposed it would be pretty cool if everyone got together a couple times a week and discussed recently made discoveries such as his “Harmony of the Spheres” or the more familiar Pythagorean theorem. If it weren’t for him, along with many other influential logicians, we wouldn’t be able to share some of our most precious opinions and discoveries such as which Rita’s Flavors are the best or how much you hate waking up early for school.

I say it’s time; time to incorporate or rather keep in mind a very boisterous and inconveniencing eastern way of thought: Silence and Forbearance. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sharing meaningful experiences if asked to share, elaborating on a concept if needed or even providing a personal opinion to someone I might think needs help or pointed into a progressive direction. That being said, I feel that talking just to hear yourself talk or complaining without recognition that we are a grain of sand buried deep in the beach of the cosmos, must become a thing of the past. Heejung Kim, associate professor at the UCSB department of psychology, conducted research concluding that not everyone in a culture views the actions of speech and disclosure in a culturally normative way. Behavioral patterns differ as a function of individual experience, and of such factors as acculturation, type of relationships, personality, and participation in cultural sub-groups.

This can be made in comparison to the very popular Celebrex commercial advertising arthritis and stating that “a body in motion tends to stay in motion”. In just, Kim basically elaborates on the notion, similar to that above, a mouth that speaks tends to continue speaking and when verbalization is embedded into a society, its pace will ultimately keep itself. Thank you.