Information starts to exist once it is shared between two people.
It exists, too, a little more at three, at four, and onward …
So conversation is the tool you use to create anew, and to affect what’s already there.
And you create and affect things whether you mean to or not, because whenever you speak — you’re influencing the overall network of conversations (and people’s thinking process) with yours.
Your words are a social baton, and you are the conductor.
You directly affect (i.e., conduct) those in your social circle; and via that conduction, too, you indirectly affect many others:
When words are spoken, they themselves, and the overall concepts they express begin to disseminate.
Each concept is like an apple floating down a river: the apple in the river trickles downstream, because that’s just the nature of things; and it is nature likewise that people need to fulfill themselves, so they eat.
Some people are discerning about which apple to eat, others are not.
Some people who find your apple are farther downstream than you can imagine, sometimes they’re helped, and sometimes they’re not.
The question is, then, are you verbally toxic or healthful? Do you pollute the social river with the wrong perspectives, misinformation and ignorance, or do you cleanse it with the right perspectives, knowledge and truth?
Either way, people will eat.
So think on your conversations.
Be cognizant of what worldly things you time and again ignore, ignore knowing of and ignore teaching about, in favor of what is often personal and inconsequential blather.
And ask yourself, is that why you’re here?: to speak inconsequentially and, by extension, be inconsequential?
It shouldn’t be.
So can you, in response, imagine trying something different?
Can you imagine yourself using the power inherent in the tool conversation for good?
Can you imagine the fruit of your conversations as healthful and helpful, instead of toxic?
Can you imagine that all of your words are contagions, always, of either positivity or negativity, which people catch and recommunicate, and that therefore, social progress or decline is, always, at your lips?
Can you imagine being someone who helps people progress?
But will you?