I recently came across the following quote taken from Paulo Coelho’s novel “The Zahir“, and it got me thinking…

The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.

Personally, I don’t think that reading books should be on that list. In fact, books could prompt an interesting discussion.

And perhaps going to the theatre/cinema could engage people in a conversation about the movie they’re watching, I guess.

However, I do agree with the fact that loads of people are constantly on their mobile phones, nowadays, and have totally neglected the art of conversation. It really is such a pity to see groups of friends or couples, sometimes, who’d rather spend their time tapping/swiping away at their mobile phone screens, instead of interacting with one another.

– Preston Carbonaro

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