I wonder if Babel did a much more thorough number on Humanity than I previously imagined.
It’s bad enough that Humanity has been split into English, Swahili, Etruscan, and so on. But even we who all supposedly speak English seem to be separated by virtually impenetrable language barriers. I speak what I think is plain English to my friend, and he doesn’t understand a word of it. I listen to someone else speaking to me, and I recognize the vocabulary and syntax as English, but what they say makes no sense to me at all.
Folks who study such things tell me that when humans communicate with each other, words account for about 7%, tone of voice accounts for about 38%, and body language accounts for about 55%. That’s about 7% for the head, 38% for the heart, and 55% for the rest.
Maybe I should try listening with my entire body instead of just the top 3 inches.