An MHC Board Member Speaks Up
Why do we talk? It seems like an odd question, but in an age of Twitter, Facebook, emails and txt msg’s galore, daily conversations are no longer a given. So why do we talk? Why do we talk when using a voice takes twice as much effort, time, control, patience, strength and thought? When using a simple txt could all but eliminate the angry responses born out of misinterpreted facial expressions or tones. When by sending emails, we could free ourselves of the fear or worry that rises from the gut when we call our boss to take the day off. Why do we talk? Why call 50 people when with Facebook we could send a message to 100 at the same time. Why talk, when the 140 characters on Twitter are enough to give birth to mass movements on dot coms?
While I can’t speak for everyone, if I was to answer my own question, here’s why:
I talk to give expression to hidden thoughts that are incapable of being limited to the confines of my mind. I talk to hear and feel emotions pour out of my heart, scramble up my throat and spring forth, with life from my mouth. I talk to see the thoughts in my mind dance with the rhythms of the thoughts that once danced in other’s heads. I talk, because when words birthed from ideas meet, they combine to form living dreams that would have otherwise been dead. I talk because conversations give birth to life.
The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is an organization that encourages all people from all backgrounds and all parts of the wonderful state of Maryland to talk…to have dialogue and conversations with one another about the issues, big and small, that in one way or another affect us all. With so many other channels now at our avail, people using their mouths for communication have become increasingly rare. But in an age when conversations seem all but endangered, the MHC is an organization committed to ensuring that when issues arise, people continue to have dialogue and talk. As a member of the MHC Board, you’ll play a huge role in helping to initiate and support conversations that will benefit us all. Your involvement is an investment that’s well worth your time. To find out more about the MHC visit www.MDHC.org. And unlike the third grade teacher that left you scarred…we say keep talking!
Bright Moments Always,
Proud Board Member of the MHC, 2006-Present