“Rediscovering tranquility: Transforming Conversations for a Resilient Civilization”

Dharani Bharat
2 min readJun 3, 2024


In a time long past, when the concept of time was undefined, Homo sapiens were primarily vulnerable to the forces of nature. Human interactions were limited to simple sounds, serving as alerts for danger. Other than these rudimentary warnings, communication relied on eye contact and other senses, much like the animal kingdom today. Remarkably, early humans thrived on this nonverbal communication alone. As civilization progressed, so did our vulnerabilities and the complexity of our languages.

The evolution of language has been integral to building societies, cultures, and technology. This remarkable journey, however, has also made human conversations increasingly complex. Our vulnerabilities now extend beyond nature to social, political, and technological spheres. As humans became threats to one another, the intricacies of our interactions escalated.

What has changed fundamentally? The size of our world, in a sense, has shrunk. We are now bombarded with a constant stream of negative information, creating unprecedented levels of societal panic. Despite the rapid influx of information, our brains have not evolved quickly enough to process and understand it adequately. This new form of vulnerability induces widespread anxiety, leading conversations to focus on the negative aspects of others and the sad aspects of ourselves — a primitive brain response to perceived threats.

Throughout history, conversations have been the bedrock of human society. They possess the power to either doom or bloom civilizations. Historical and mythological records bear witness to this. Today, however, conversations often amplify fears and insecurities, manipulating perceptions and emotions. This mental fog distorts our cognitive abilities, making thinking and speaking clearly more challenging. As a result, many individuals choose isolation over being overwhelmed by negativity.

The same conversations that once forged communities, fought oppression, and built nations now often seem senseless. The social fabric is frayed by these bleak scenarios. To find a way out, we must look closely at evolution.

Our brain’s response to vulnerabilities remains unchanged, but the frequency at which we perceive these vulnerabilities has increased dramatically. How did we manage in the past? By doing the opposite of what we do now.

The opposite of talking is silence. Instead of immersing ourselves in others’ fears, we should engage with our own thoughts. Reflect, jot down ideas, explore new horizons, and gather experiences. Then, return to share these experiences. Imagine how enriching such conversations would be, and how they could propel civilization towards resilience and tranquility.