I’ve always been fascinated by bats and their ability to fly around and find food in total darkness.
Their secret is known as “echolocation”. In short, bats use sound waves and echoes to identify and place objects in the space. They emit ultrasonic sound waves from their mouth and then listen to the echoes generated when the waves bounce back from an object. Analysing the echoes, the bat can understand the size and shape of the object.
Isn’t it incredible?
Scientists got the inspiration for sonar and radar navigation from bats.
Even if we, as human, can’t create ultrasonic sound waves and use them to move around, I feel we can learn something from bats.
I believe that conversations can work as an “echolocation” system to help us navigate through life. Every time we have a conversation with someone, we are sending signals, both verbal and non-verbal, visible and invisible. Those signals generate reactions, and if we listen carefully, they can tell us a lot not only about the other person but also about ourselves. They can tell us where we are, where we are going, and how.
That is why the quality of our conversations is so important.
They are our “echolocation” system.
If my values are my compass, conversations are my radar.
I took the info about bats and echolocation from here.