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Hear the meanin…

Hear the meaning within the word

I’ve loved this quote for years, but never really bothered finding out the history behind it. On the Internet–which could never, ever be wrong–it’s commonly cited as coming from Shakespeare, but no one can find the exact source for it. Of course, Shakespeare carries his own credibility issue as to whether he wrote some or all of the works attributed to him, but I’m not going to even attempt to untangle that.

I like the quote because it asks us to not take things at face value, but, rather, to attempt to understand completely what is meant by the words that are spoken. I think this–this hearing–is easier in face-to-face conversations than in any other form of communication, largely because so much of communication is nonverbal. It’s in our facial expressions, our body language, the tone of our voice, etc. While phone conversations allow speakers and listeners to focus on vocal tone, much of communication today is completely divorced from any indicator of the speaker’s full intent, because much of it occurs online, where we are required to guess as to the speaker/writer’s intent. I’ve been the victim of something I have written being interpreted in a manner wholly different from my intent–and I know that I have been guilty of that, as well. I guess it’s part of why I am a bit wordy on the Internet–it helps ensure that my listener/reader understands my words as I intended them to be understood.

“A wise man wil…

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” — Francis Bacon

This quote, from Sir Francis Bacon’s The Essays, speaks so much to the past week for me. I got some bad news about graduation–namely that it will occur in August instead of May, but there’s a silver lining in this little set-back. I also received the news that I had to re-conduct the surveys that form the backbone of my thesis. This came as a horrible shock, but a little chat with my father and my advisors and friends, and I’m seeing the good in all of this. I had wanted to re-vamp my survey instrument, and survey another church anyways, but had resisted making that amendment to my Institutional Review Board form. Now that I’m re-conducting the surveys in their entirety, I can make those changes, and further improve my research. As I always say, “it’s going to work out because it has to work out.”

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