This is an interesting quote. I’ve always maintained that seeing how someone writes to you gives you an entirely new and different look at their soul. Because people write, often-times, how they actually would say something in “real-life” if they could.
The problem comes from how things are vocalized, and typically when you vocalize something it doesn’t come out exactly the way you meant it to come out when thinking it in your head… or how it sounds or was meant to be said is lost once the thought exits your brain and comes out of your mouth. Thus I think writing someone offers a completely new perspective on that person… a look at the REAL person deep inside. This is even more true for shy people, or people who do not like or are not comfortable socializing.
Indeed, many of us know a shy person who says little in-person, but online or via text (or possibly when speaking to them in-private), you find out they have tons to say and will speak and talk just as much or more-so than others… and yet that story of their soul is trapped inside a being who cannot and will not vocalize these thoughts in front of others… Writing allows them to let those thoughts loose. And that is why people love social networking online, and new-age apps like Twitter, which allow the shyest person to become the most outgoing person with the most to say… because it is done online. In the privacy of their own bedroom, that person can speak to the world on a grand stage without ever feeling nervous, anxious-laden or embarrassed at how these words would come out in-person.
Here’s the question though, “letter-writing” used to be something really special.
You could compare it to writing a letter to someone who is in prison. That letter means everything to them, it is that special and unique. Nowadays, via text, email and chat, computers and the Internet have all-but-replaced true letter writing.
Even so, we still get to read written text from that person regularly… but we do it so often that it doesn’t contain any special meeting in and of itself. Yet, we still ARE hearing from that person’s head, rather than their mouth… even if it is done in text form. Thus the words can and do still have weight to them… however the uniqueness of a person’s penmanship, and the art of pouring over a letter and writing it as good as possible, is lost in electronic text. But does that matter? Many would argue letter-writing has been so lost in the modern age that receiving a letter now holds more weight and is more special than it used to be, when penning a letter to your far-away penpal was the ONLY way to communicate with the outside world. Although someone from the “age before Facebook” who used to penpal regularly would probably disagree with the aforementioned argument.
Almost everyone in the modern age knows someone whom they’ve had deep text conversations with over their cell phones, and had a conversation that lead somewhere that would not have broken down that way if you were speaking to them in-person. Because speaking to them via text is different than in person… Thus, I think this is a really interesting question.
Do you think the act of letter writing has been killed by the Internet star? I’d be interested to hear your comments on this. :)
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