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Science explains that the evolution of the human brain, skull and airway enabled our species — uniquely among all other living things — to speak.

Indeed, it was this ability to communicate in complex forms and patterns of speech, grammar and syntax that made possible the rich mosaic of languages, cultures, societies, governments, religions and business relationships that define our planet.

Unfortunately, though, this evolutionary miracle has retrogressed in recent times. Now, weighty policy decisions, invective, revisionist history, fear and hate mongering, spew daily from the most powerful people on earth via a form of social media, limited to 140 characters, followed by a, sometimes descriptive, identifier.

These communications rarely, if ever, explain, enlighten, inform or inspire. Rather, they constitute random snippets of thought; bursts of neuronal activity exploding from a meandering stream of sub-consciousness — often without context, and usually in structure that would render an English teacher apoplectic.

It is as if these people communicate with their thumbs but without involvement of their brains.

Yet, grave consequences may flow from these seven-score word bombs. After all, they are the official thoughts and commands of the most high — like Zeus, knee-jerk, launching a blinding and deadly bolt on some hapless human loser.

So to end this de-evolutionary trend, I humbly suggest that our leaders, our movers and shakers, re-learn how to actually speak intelligently to us, the great unwashed. I urge these vaunted representatives of government and business to return to communicating, in actual sentences and with developed thoughts. I plead for a revival of well-informed and rational discourse.

And, I suggest that tweets and twitters remain the preferred form of communication solely for small-brained, feathered descendants of lizards.

But then, maybe, I am simply repeating myself.

James C. Nelson is a retired Montana Supreme Court justice who lives in Helena.


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