Communication goes beyond verbal interaction
A part of literacy is empathizing with people who are unable to hear. I challenge you to watch one half hour of TV with the sound off. Many people live this way. Some programs have devices to help them, but others do not. So how do those unable to hear understand the program? They actually can comprehend much more than you might think even if they are unable to read lips.
The challenge of understanding without hearing is clearly watching facial expressions (emotions and thoughts), gestures (short, quick movements) and body movements (posture) closely. Other things that clue your understanding are: clothes, color and jewelry. Even the type of house lived in or the type of pets help your understanding. Space between people or space between furniture adds to your knowledge. Time is clued in by light and dark.
Can there be silence in a silent world? Actually yes, absence of verbal messages is determined by movement to the mouth. If you really concentrate you can even detect warmth of feeling, embarrassment and prejudice. If you tried this experiment you learned much and you will find yourself tired after interpreting a program using only four senses.
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