Beware! Communication Gap can be Disastrous!

Do you know sun rises nearly two minutes before it actually rises and sets two minutes late before it actually sets? Actually, when the sun rays enter earth’s atmosphere, they get refracted by various particles existing in the earth’s atmosphere before reaching the observer’s eyes. As a result, the viewer visualizes the altered position of a rising as well as setting sun, Meaning by, what we perceive is not the actual picture. Before the reality could reach to us, the particles in the atmosphere distorted them. Friends, does the same thing not happen most of the times, when we communicate with others? Before the speaker’s message reaches us, the particles of our prejudices, perceptions, notions, beliefs, etc. interfere and distort the signal. Result? Communication gaps, disrespect, infidelity, relationship instability, and so on. Therefore, it becomes crucial for the two parties to thoroughly analyse the incoming signal before opting for retaliation or an extreme mode of response. Here are some incidents from the repositories of history, which highlight how a small misunderstanding or communication gap or a misperception can lead to undesirable results…

Even When There Is No Ambiguity…

We know Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing is the most condemned nuclear attack in the war history. Millions of lives were devastated. When the causes of the attack were being analysed, one major reason that came to light was a huge interpretation mistake. During the Second World War, a lot of tension grew between Japan and countries like US, Russia, China. Japan was warned by the US to either surrender or else to face the worst and destructive consequences. The, then Prime Minister of Japan, Kantaro Suzuki, in response said- 'Mokusatsu'. This Japanese word actually holds two meanings; one, 'to ignore' and second 'withholding comment'. The PM meant the latter version i.e. right then they were not in a position to comment regarding the matter. However, the US Interpreter interpreted that they are ignoring the matter. Result? ...


... Even when there is a scope of giving a second thought, we just brush it aside. Our mind-sets are so negative and restless today that we simply fail to see the positive side of the person, and straightaway opt for clashes and separation!


...Even When There Is No International Enmity!

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...Even When There Is No Situational Crisis!

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So, How to try and fill our relationships with the livelihood of concord and understanding? To know this and furthermore, read the complete article in the latest edition of Dec’19 of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.

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