Nations, like any other organization, flounder in the area of poor communication. The dignity of families is reduced and divided in the area of poor communication. The human body perishes where the body organs would no longer be in communication with each other. All functional objects in this life are sustained by the reality of methodical communication.
The power of communication includes activities of the minutest insects, considered insignificant. Communication serves as lubrication in a perfectly manufactured engine. Without lubrication an engine is dysfunctional. An engine can be as functional as the lubricating oil is applied to the engine.
An engine is functional, only when the components of the engine are in communication with each other. The engine fails only in the area of each component failing to systematically communicate with other components. This confirms the truth, scientifically observable in mechanical engineering. Engines cannot function without systematic communication.
Also, how can a vehicle move, when the steering wheel is not systematically linked with the parts controlling the front wheels? How would that vehicle even start moving when the functional engine is not in communication with the entire framework of the vehicle? The essence of the aspect of poor communication is therefore the only cause for failure in human life.
Nothing succeeds without good communication. Organizations fail, not because of financial constraints, but through a breakdown in communication. Finances, including skilled manpower and good space, can be ideal in starting a workable business project. But those mean nothing without good communication.
The people involved in any organization could be highly skilled in all areas, for purposes of running any business project. However, as long as there would be no effective communication, the project fails dismally. This would be like running a perfectly manufactured engine without lubrication.
There is no need to assume that business projects require divine intervention, more than in need of communication. Their failure would be a result of poor communication, often overlooked, due to ill-advised expediency. The history of this country carries the effects of poor communication, as overriding all other aspects of expertise, in this world.
The global challenges, emasculating the considered great leaders of the world, are a result of poor communication. No other subject can be more important than communication. Any solution to any problem is obtainable by means of good communication, rather than poor communication.
The Smith’s government may have had the best intentions for bringing success in this country. Finances were skillfully managed, just as their industrial expertise was well coordinated. But the eventual collapse of the Smith’s government was caused by the inability to communicate with citizens.
The same goes for the failings of Robert Mugabe’s regime. Before analyzing what Ian Smith could have done to succeed, we have to first understand what communication entails. Ian Smith is regarded as having carried the responsibility due to his leadership position, facilitating communication.
Communication requires listening, before proffering one’s own considered workable ideas. It requires putting oneself in another person’s shoes, to be able to duplicate the other person’s own reality. It can only be from that angle that workable solutions can be adopted. Skills in communication are most vital.
Communication is synonymous with order, referring to the aspect of coordinated arrangement on anything. The term order, in this context, refers to methodically arranging things, to complement one another, rather than compete with one another. In another context, the term order refers to forcefully demanding a particular action to be done.
The demanded order could as well be assumed as aiming at an orderly arrangement. Nevertheless, the demanded arrangement, without communication, would be like a good engine forced to function without lubrication. It is impossible to achieve an orderly arrangement without proper communication. This is how Ian Smith failed with his Rhodesia Front project.
In pursuant of order, Ian Smith instituted the Law and Order Maintenance Act. On a cursory observation, the Law and Order Maintenance Act appeared as most ideal. Only the abnormal people would be inimical to law and order maintenance. Otherwise, every normal human being is at home with law and order, aiming at preserving the survival of humanity.
Unfortunately, this cannot be the case, as long as the fundamentals, sustained in good communication, are not adopted. Pontificating over other fellow humans is an aberration, rarely understood by dictators. The difference lies in the significance of communication.
There is an order that comes as a result of communication. This is different from an order, implying enforcement of authority from above. The term ‘order’, is also used as the enforcement of a command from above. The inability to spot the difference causes all problems in human society.
The order that comes with communication, is voluntary, while the enforced order is toxic, and therefore, unacceptable. The enforced order portrays the opposite of communication. Whether carrying good intentions or not, the enforced order destabilizes humanity. That is the only reason why Ian Smith could not succeed with his Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
The prerequisite of establishing a business enterprise is communication. Although enforced communication might appear ideal, it is toxic and unacceptable to humanity. The enforced communication can as well be described as the opposite of communication.
Human beings need good communication to restore order, rather than enforced communication. In short, humans need love, coming with good communication, rather than enforced love, coming with threats. This is just as there cannot be meaningful life without love.
A good man proposes a beautiful woman, using good communication. To attain a positive response from the woman concerned, the man includes the consideration of her interests, in order to charm her feelings. This is different from using a gun to obtain one’s desires.
The gun-toting individual might obtain what he desires, but not the desired happiness with the meaningfulness of life. The woman might prematurely die, due to such stressful conditions. This is just as the gunman would be sick to the core when reasoning in that manner.
This is what, hypothetically, explains the effects of the absence of communication in human relations. Lack of communication is a symbol of death. The person is as dead as unable to communicate with anyone. There is no dispute in that it is impossible to communicate with a corpse.
But there is truth in that an artist communicates with his artwork. He would be in agreement with all that would be necessary to produce the artistic product. The painter uses his brushes with dexterity, as he would be in good communication with his tools.
A car moves smoothly as long as driven by one in good communication with it. That driver would be aware of the vehicle’s needs, just as the vehicle moves according to the driver’s requirements. Accidents occur when there would be no communication, between the car and the driver. For things to function properly, communication is highly necessary.
As spiritual in its nature, communication cannot be understood physically. Co-existence requires communication with other fellow humans. Language, intimacy and good listening are used, among other prerequisites. Without such components, physical humans are reduced to dust, unable to communicate.
One-on-one communication appears as most ideal. But the printed material overrides verbal communication. What is written down remains a point of reference, when in need of clarity. If preserved securely, audio recordings could also serve the purpose. Throughout the ages, it has been the written word that has sustained the Bible-believing Christians.
This brings us to the need to always strictly take written material with proper understanding. The idea of communication loses value, as long as the meaning is altered. There would always be a need to separate truth from error. Communication is communication, only when error-free. Creation reveals the original idea of communication.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness(Genesis 1:2-4 NIV).
The statement “Let there be light,” is not referring to a physical light. This is just as when Jesus instructed His disciples to be the light of the world, He was not referring to a physical light. Bear in mind that when the statement of light was uttered, at that point, the sun, bringing the physical light, had not appeared. The physical lights came, later (verse 14-15).
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so(Genesis 1:14-15 NIV).
The light referred to in Genesis 1:2-4, symbolizes communication. Verse 2 shows that there had been confusion, prior to the referred light. Communication serves to bring order. In His wisdom, God is showing us that the principle of bringing order in a confusing world is communication.
The most serious deprivation, affecting humanity is communication. Problems in families emanate from a lack of communication. Squabbles in Church organizations emanate from lack—or poor communication. The failure of governance in institutions is a result of communication failure.
People can come to a conclusion, agreeing to disagree, after engaging in sincere communication. Only the workability should resolve disagreements. What should be unacceptable is to refuse communication. As spiritual, communication, like truthfulness, knows no boundaries.
An amicable resolution to disengage should be adopted, for peaceful co-existence, in the event of irreconcilable disagreements. The cause of failure to communicate in families or organizational institutions is three-fold.
The first one is a refusal to engage in communication. Although, refusing to communicate with strangers appears normal in this world, refusing communication with compatriots should be regarded as abnormal.
The sanest consideration in this world could be the willingness to communicate with adversaries, who are not necessarily strangers. Refusing to communicate with adversaries is ordinarily, a sign of lacking sincerity. An untruthful person cannot be willing to confront those opposed to his dogmatic ideas.
A truthful person, or a truthful organization, is identified by the willingness to engage with adversaries in communication. A bogus person or organization is identified by the unwillingness to engage with adversaries. Therefore, communication should be understood as blocked by forces of darkness.
The second cause of failure in communication is mixing falsehood with truthful information. Proper communication requires no assumption. Good communication should be understood, perfectly, as coming from the source. If not fully understood the source of that information should be consulted for clarity.
The motive for mixing falsehood with truth is advancing one’s own agenda. This is common in politics, making politics appear demonic. While common in political activities, the idea of altering information is found everywhere.
In actual fact, all demonic behaviours come from individuals, who alter information, violating the principle of communication. Divorce cases are commonly premised on such behaviour. This includes occupational promotions or dismissals by corporate executives.
False information can be advanced to promote or demote those under some employment conditions. This is abnormal but true. The third cause of failure in communication is prejudice. Without knowing that communication is a spiritual matter, ordinary people reject it out of prejudice.
This projects the behaviour of the Jews, as narrated in the gospel Books in the New Testament. The Jews rejected Jesus, used by God, as the vehicle of communication, coming directly from God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1-5 NIV).
In its original meaning, communication projects Godliness. By refusing communication those ingratiating falsehood, reject God. There is no other way of connecting with God, except through communication. By refusing to reach out in communication, humans, inadvertently reject God.
Christians are supposed to be the light of the world, through their willingness to communicate with anyone, in this world. They are supposed to be the carriers of God’s message. Therefore, they cannot avoid talking to people.
It can only be false Christians, who find it difficult to communicate with adversaries. The idea of assuming that God could be anything outside the principle of good communication is itself, a sign of godlessness.
No Christian, worth his salt, refuses communication, even with those considered as adversaries. This is the only reason why Jesus could not separate Himself from the hostile Jewish community. They had to kill Him rather than Him succumbing to disconnection with them.
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