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Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.
I think we already have, for me at least.
Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip, January 28, 2013 on GoComics.com

I have stepped back from the Plurk knitters and podcasters community. I am reading less on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal. I have been upsetting people inadvertently and without intending to. I have been writing more in an offline but DropBox-backed-up manner. Thoughts and feelings but not fiction or memoirs, as yet. Trying to work out where I go from here. Most days I see one human being and one cat. I have been considering my online friends and acquaintances to be the sum total of my social-life. While I have met a few of you face-to-face, most of you are words on a screen or occasional snail-mail-and-paper words. I need to work out how to make my almost-housebound life make sense for me, hubby and Pixel. I need to decide what to do now that my language, understanding and emotional lability symptoms are causing me stress and anxiety whilst also, sadly, causing pain and upset to others. You people-in-my-computer are real people. So am I. Yeah, I don't know what to do next.


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Feb. 19th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
Try sitting in on managerial business training seminars... they've managed to make language completely opaque to understanding and almost completely devoid of meaning, while at the same time sounding like it's conveying something of import.

Anyway...Speaking as someone who's social life is almost entirely online nowadays, it generally works better if you read everything, but comment seldom and only when relevant. At least, that's how it works for me. When originating posts, it also helps not to have any expectations of other's responses. If they respond, fine, if they respond with something worth reading even better... but if you take it as a given that they probably won't then you can't be disappointed. [although, it's probably a good idea not to read the comments on youtube and certain other wretched hives of scum and villainy.]

Thing is, face-to-face interaction has been the only available social contact for millennia, and we humans do need it, pretty much like a drug really. Going cold turkey from that is difficult, it's probably better to tail off gradually. But once you're free of the craving, it's not bad actually, rather liberating in point of fact.
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