Why We All Should Be Talking To Our Brains Instead Of Our Hands

Some believe that, with the hands, we rely more heavily on technology.

It was in my late teens that I decided there was something missing in daily life: conversation. I found it easy to communicate in writing, since I didn’t care to do anything more than copy. My mind was already a jumble of letters and numbers, and the idea of using something else to write with seemed like a waste of time. But as time went on, I started to find myself spending more time sitting in meetings and having long conversations with other people.  At the time my mind felt empty, empty of meaningful talk with people.  I noticed this when I was sitting in meetings, but since then I’ve started talking to my hands as I always have: my fingers moving effortlessly across the keyboard or typing furiously on a pen. This gives me more meaning to the time I spend thinking of people and how good it was talking with them.

One of the problems with our hands is that we’re the easiest to mess with.  When we’re nervous we shake our hands, our fingers go out of place, our fingernails come unstuck for no reason.  The worst part is that our phones can get inside our palms — it gets easier and easier to make our hands move. We take up as much space at any time as we want and we just expect everything to be normal.

Some people think that we should never be able to be with anyone but computers, but I’m of the belief that when we do speak to our hands, they are always a better tool for communication.  While typing or writing, the way the rest of our body is placed is not as important.  Your hands are always in contact with the keyboard.  The brain is not.  When your fingers are on the computer, we’re not thinking about the people around us.  Your hand is always with the things you’re typing, the notes that are at hand, your ideas that are at hand.  What you type, what you write, and who you write with are all in your mind at any given instance. These are the things that form the foundation of how we communicate.

And yet, we still hold back.  We hold back when we speak because we’re afraid of making someone uncomfortable.  And yet, if we speak to our hands with our whole body, we’ve got the best chance of communicating exactly what you want to say. And that in itself is something worth the risk.  We shouldn’t be ashamed to communicate our feelings because we have the power to share, and our feelings and ideas are real for everyone to hear.  If we want to speak, we should be speaking at all times.

And when all else fails, there is always typing and the keyboard.

One of the downsides of our lack of interaction with our hands is our dependence on the Internet.  We don’t know our friends, are less social, have to buy all our supplies at once — all because we’re afraid of making anyone else uncomfortable.

But, what else could you be afraid of?  The Internet just might be the most productive outlet ever.  If the rest of our lives feel empty, all it takes is some typing once or twice a week and we can recapture some of the realness that once existed before the Internet.  And with all the new information it has become, it’s also a lot easier than ever to find the things that you need.

When we sit down to write we’re not just exchanging our thoughts.  We’re creating meaning in the world.

And then there’s typing.

Now, I know some people may look at me like I’m some kind of weirdo.  They don’t know why typing is such a big deal.  They don’t understand.  They don’t see our connection to our keyboards.  They don’t see that we spend our entire lives communicating with the hands.