The Essential Human Component of Communication

“I hate people for communication purposes.” – Anonymous

This was spoken to me in jest recently and I had to pause and take note of how many times we try to find non-human workarounds in communications simply because we don’t want to deal with the ‘messy’ stuff in life.  Also, sometimes we decide make unilateral communicative decisions removing the dialogue function out of communication altogether.  Often times we look at the human element as interrupting or blocking our communication processes when in fact human interaction is essential to effective communication.  Yes, there are times that we need to make decisions without or above the influence of others but removing the relational component of communication is dangerous and weakens the tangible results of constructive dialogue.