Truthfully, I could post this post now and be pretty content with my exploration of this topic. Fact is, it’s a pretty simple one this time around.
What do I mean?
When I was beginning my instruction as an orator, I received advice that helped differentiate me from the competition: every single sentence has meaning. It’s a skill which my girlfriend is an expert in when she once told that me that every single word was intended to be there.
My weakness is that I can be superfluous. But imagine a world where everything we say has an intrinsic meaning. Author Norton Juster showed us more clearly. Click here to read on. No seriously, click on this before you read anything else in this blog post. You’re still reading this. WHY!!?! STAHP!
While the Which took it too far, we have to play the role of the Which in our own lives. We have to choose how to word what we say or type or even think, and we have to think about whether or not to even utter anything (like the Whether Man).
Our voice boxes evolved to allow us to speak, we went through this whole evolution thing to obtain this skill. Basically, our necks became longer because our tongue–and consequently our larynges–moved down. This lets us form more complicated sounds with our throaty bits. But this skill came at a cost, from NPR:
“The downside of this was that because you’re pulling the larynx all the way down, when you eat, all the food has to go past the larynx — and miss it — and get into the esophagus,” Lieberman says. “That’s why people choke to death.”
So we evolved this crazy airway that allows us to choke to death more efficiently — all to further our ability to make more sounds and speak.
So here’s some food for thought (pardon the ironic twist of the word food): because the evolution of our voice boxes makes it easier for us to choke, the opportunity cost must have been higher to have a lower larynx. If having a lower larynx helps us communicate with greater articulation, then that means that communication is important. If communication is important, then shouldn’t we place a greater effort on making our choice of words worthy of being uttered?
I cannot say what
you can or cannot really
do, but you should think.