In the words of orator Anthony Robbins, “To effectively communicate, we must realize
that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to
our communication with others.” This quote talks about the importance of communication in our
daily lives, and forces us to realize that we must dig deep — beyond visual differences — in
order to understand the viewpoints of others. In my life, I have experienced multiple instances of
extending the linguistic norms of society in order to reach out to individuals when I thought
communicating with them could benefit me. In viewing my past as a key for future knowledge, I
believe now that communication, without regard to lingual limitations, is essential to human
progress and existence.
Whenever I have felt the need to find truth in my life, I have often turned to history to
interpret the events that surround me. My observations of history have disclosed the essential
nature of communication between 16th-century explorers and Native Americans. Although
neither party could utter even a word of the same dialect, the two groups were still able to engage
in crucial trade of crops, animals, and goods. These events proved to be critical in
internationalizing the world economy; if such explorers had not recognized that communication
was necessary despite language barriers, European influence in the Americas would never have
developed. Naturally, I have also recognized that a lack of communication in the face of desire
and greed leads to breakdowns in understanding, demonstrated by the destruction of many Native
American tribes. Through the time portal of history, I have seen the role that communication can
play in determining major historical events and decisions.
My life travels have also given me the opportunity to correspond with individuals through
modes other than English. The grade school that I attended had a substantial program for the
deaf, in which such students were free to communicate with their hearing peers. Throughout my
tenure at this school, I met some intriguing deaf students, who shared with me their insights,
opinions, and skills through undefined motions, and seldom through any form of English. If I had
not mustered enough courage at one point to attempt to communicate with some of these
knowledgeable students, I would have thought them to be simple children who could only
communicate via incomprehensible hollering. In developing my belief that communication is key
to personal progress, I have made friends of intriguing backgrounds while garnering individual
perspectives of individuals who perceive and sense in ways different from me.
I believe in the necessity of communication with no boundaries because it is all I can do
to deliver to the world my opinions while simultaneously considering the diverse views of those
who came before and those around me today. I have recognized that taking these sentiments to
heart makes me a thoughtful and knowledgeable individual who can find meaning in all aspects
of the human spirit.
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