Brain dump again. It may or may not make sense in hindsight.
We (the people) seem to do a terrible job of understanding each other. All our communication methods are “lossy”, in that information is lost in both the encoding & decoding processes. The act of listening actively alters the content of the message. And so does the act of speaking: it can force a sharpening of thought, but it can also force you to abandon a “feeling” or inexpressible viewpoint that changes how you are thinking but cannot be communicated to the listener.
For example, the preceding paragraph…
Is it possible to improve our abilities to understand each other?
Is this done in solely by focusing on communication, or are there other ways to improve understanding that can be independent of communication?
Has there been an inverse correlation between the rise of sophisticated communication networks and understanding between people? Comments section of most online news outlets suggests “yes”.