The Death of Conversation

I miss having conversation. No, I am not a hermit and yes I talk to and with people every day. What I miss is the regular access to civil discourse. I miss meeting up in person with friends and acquaintances and talking through thought provoking topics of interest knowing that at the end of that conversation we were still going to be okay.

Nowadays it is far more common for me to spend my time avoiding the trap of fake conversation whose only job appears to be to break my brain and not in the good way.

How many of you can relate to conversations like this one from Key and Peel?

And don’t get me started on what passes for political commentary these days where the most we seem to be able to accomplish are punchy hashtags that fade within a week or two.

Why have we stopped investing in conversations with one another? Why are we operating under the notion that this is somehow outside of our control?

See, I care about what people think, even and especially those who do not agree with my particular stances or preferences. I enjoy exploring other people’s viewpoints and opinions on religion, art, culture, science, business, politics, etc. I LOVE the vigorous exchange of ideas. I don’t expect to agree with everyone on everything. These exchanges help me to think broadly.

Am I truly in the minority when it comes to wanting real conversation in my life? Raise your hand if you’d like to have some real conversations and even better, share how do you plan on going about doing it.

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit

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