#20: Susan Rooks - The Ethics of Communication
Does thought influence language of does language influence thought?
Is it worth the risk to offer constructive criticism?
Can you set high standards and remain respectful when others fall short?
Discover the answer to these and other highly relevant questions as Grammar Goddess Susan Rooks joins The Rabbi and the Shrink
2:00 The importance of preserving the integrity of language
We are what we say and what we think
Language is only as perfect as how we use it
Objective vs. subjective perception
8:00 Words are free, but it’s how you use them that costs
We get defensive when we don’t like what we hear
“You can do [even] better”
11:00 It’s risky to offer correction or disagree
Start with a smile
You can have high standards and still be pleasant
Smile at strangers
16:30 What’s the effect of grammar mistakes?
The power of positive speaking
Technology can bring us closer together
Accept people for where they are coming from
Look for the nobility in others
25:00 We’ve become more abrupt
We have a responsibility to choose our words carefully
30:00 Be curious
When you hear an accent, adjust expectations
“You’ll see the robot in the street”
33:00 Onomatopoeia -- a word that sounds like what it is
In Hebrew the same word means “word” and “thing”
Respecting the meaning of words is respecting reality
36:00 How do we further meaningful discussions that increase understanding
Listen to learn, not to respond
Everybody knows something you don’t
The sages teach: Who is wise? One who learns from every person
39:00 How do you keep words fresh
Strike a balance between tradition and progression
Why can’t our language be poetic and elegant while preserving the integrity of words?
43:30 Should some of us impose usage on others?
Orwell’s vision of thought control through speech control
Choose to speak respectfully