Skipping the Signal

Sometimes I think people, if given the choice, would prefer that others be given the ability to read their minds than the other way around.

It’s such a common lament: people yearn to be understood. But they don’t want to put the effort into creating that understanding. Why can’t other people just know that I’m sincere, or that I’m competent, or whatever other quality I believe I am?

That’s like saying, “why can’t riches simply appear at my feet?” All things take work, and communication is no different.

Part of being happy is not making unreasonable demands of the universe. If you want wealth, work. If you want to be understood, communicate.

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