The most desirable expression

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By Robert L. Domoguen

Mountain Light

Monday, March 17, 2014


GOOD morning babe, I greeted my staff.

Her response was not what I wanted. It came back as a cross. Her expression made me wonder. Does she think I just made myself a jerk?

We live today in a technical world and on most occasions, we must define our terms when we communicate something. In several instances, we settle on a definition we alone understand. Do we intend to communicate? That question often characterizes the uncertainties that technical people project when they talk about their work and the world they live in. They have a few peers in the community except their own.

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Among development agencies, communication is a tool to reach out to the beneficiaries of a program, technology or scientific findings and results, preferably done through development communication. Still, that makes one wonder. How can communication be so complicated, compartmentalized, a cross to carry and prescribed by experts?

Accordingly, development communication is an empowerment tool - a communication "used as a tool to facilitate the participation of people, if they must belong in development activities or pursuits." It effectively translates and disseminates a body of technical "knowledge and information considered essential for a public to successfully respond to the opportunities and challenges of social, economic and technological changes." Therefore, development communication accordingly defined "as the use of communication to promote development."

From the above definition, the communicator must think like an expert and an ordinary farmer at the same time when communicating the results of science or promoting development to the development's "public." That is hard and at times, I think the communicator is a jerk. Not really, how about genius, martyr for the cause of development, or plain journalist - a profession with its own code of ethics and disciplines. How is that again? Who is a development communicator?

Undeniably, development communicators are allies and promoters of development and development workers who understand the process of communication and development to be able to "engage development stakeholders, create conducive environments, assess risks and opportunities, and promote information exchanges to bring about positive social change through "sustainable development."

At best, the above discourse is some technical ideal that brings me back to my musings on communication. I wanted to express my own thoughts or other people's opinions on my own the best way I could. How may I do that?

Some study French, accordingly it is romantic. Well, others learn English, known as the international language. They meant perhaps to reach a global public. Others pursue studies on ancient languages; Latin, Hebrew and Chinese, etc. In these pursuits, the objective is to communicate and express one's self well about ancient knowledge and information.

The objectives of communication reflect on a great need - men and women of all ages and time seek to be heard and understood. So, they spend much in scholarly work on languages and communication for that matter, but cannot achieve the desired results in human relationships, understanding or participation in a cause. That is the reality of communication throughout the ages. We are not communicating or expressing our thoughts and ideals, as we should.

Good morning babe, or should I say miss, misses or mr. so and so and then proceed to define, dissect my terms, intents and purposes about saying what I just said. What is good in the morning today or what makes me say what I say? Our expressions, no matter how impressive, are not our expressions. Our expressions, speech or discourses fall short.

I think about a fine woman who just gave birth to a babe. Thus far, the best human expression that always achieves fulfilling results is syllabic - a babe's, that an adult also engages in. That is what I think. It is simple, expressive and all at once understandable by all ages, gender and race, unless the adult is demented or truly uneducated below that of animalistic instincts, if not beyond human.

It is a heart language, co-co-co, mo-mo-mo, uuuhhmmmnn, yes, poetic syllables, expressed in touching caress, smiles, giggles, all purity of intent, certainly the most desirable communication that we need. Lovely and it certainly is progressive, follows a process of growth and development.

Sadly, that language is all too edenic, primal and beyond use in current common communication. From the womb, who can say that our minds and hearts "were or are not twisted," in our journey to manhood or womanhood? When used beyond the confines of the home, it must be debatable. Twisted obviously tags our communication or human expressions and is civilization's contribution to the language of babe's and their appreciation of shapes and bodies. For instance, in our mountains, people cannot even swim together in a river basin or a basin of hot spring water, naked but without malice whatsoever.

If we cannot speak to the very core of who and what we are, what are intents and purposes that communication and language want to address but masks and therefore deceptive thoughts? I guess we all need an education on development communication to communicate a desired future, one that is caring, humane.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 18, 2014.

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