The more they open their mouths, the dumber they sound. Or rather, the wider they open their mouths, the dumber they get. The act of over-exaggerating one’s story, working too hard to make it sound as rational as it’s verbally possible, but ineffectively, is termed as monkey-chattering. People who resort to this pithy method of false-bankability are often deemed dull and desperate. Thus, the market value of one’s over-articulated words comes steeping down to a ditch. Criticism and caricature follow, thus defeating the very purpose of a potential argument-winner. Thus, we can easily set the seal on the fact that monkey chatter is not welcome in a healthy argument.
Monkey chatter should not be confused with compulsive talkativeness. Unlike unwelcome gibberish, a talk-aholic person is often found to be attractive in a civilised society. They reflect the leadership and influential qualities in a person. A compulsive talker is well-versed and prudent in his content delivery. He does not face problems with behavioural shyness. The person often is aware of the amount of talking they do, of that they are unable to stop and more often than not, do not see it as a problem. Those who have been characterised as compulsive talkers talk with a greater frequency, dominate conversations, and are less inhibited than others. Compulsive talkers are able to put forward their content swiftly and follow it up with clear-sighted rationalisations. The man with the tailor-made suit, one hand in his pocket and the other holding the wine glass is one compulsive talker we find at every proper party. He wins our minds and trust.
This stark difference between a person indulging in monkey chatter and one being a good speaker overall is defined by the situation and, in fact, the rationalising qualities of the listener. Babbling takes place after the argument is won or lost. A compulsive talker has never faced such problems as he is constantly thinking about the words coming out of his mouth and the effects they are having on the listener. So, it is of colossal importance that a person who is not a seasoned speaker keeps his one eye on the ambience and how it is affecting the listener. If the listener’s completely engrossed in his words or not. It is of cosmic significance that his listener is not getting bored or easily distracted by the environment. Modern times are not ideal for proposing an alien argument. People get distracted easily and when they do, the proposal is done away with altogether. The onus is on the speaker that before the conversation is over, he manages to put forward all the substantial points that make his argument stand sturdy. Monkey chatter reflects that the speaker is unattested of his content. A person should speak the right amount. Too much convincing leads to a rancid argument, hence enabling the listener to be easily abstracted from the conversation. In all circumstances, such a situation should be avoided.
A part of the blame for a perfectly sound argument landing in jabbering falls on the listener as well. Just as it is the duty of the speaker to keep his audience engrossed, the listener also plays a key role in a healthy argument. Speaking is the most difficult task. Listening is comparatively easier. The listener should help the speaker out by doing the bare minimum of listening attentively to what the other person is saying. It is not difficult. It just takes a little pluckiness and respectful behaviour. Not every speaker is a good one. It is not his fault, really. He is trying his best. Adding some vital points and nodding one’s head in agreement spurs the speaker on. He is able to deliver his points in full confidence and thus a salubrious argument is borne out of nowhere. It is a quintessential social win-win.
It is observed that in recent times, a failed argument and eventually chattering is of common occurrence. It is a massive step towards regress. Social prejudice and egocentric commonplace norms have led to more failed arguments than all the successful ones put together. Open-mindedness is a fool’s dream in a third-world society. In every walk of life, we try to undermine the other. Proving oneself superior is a necessity nowadays. The world is turning into an apocalyptic rat-race. Very soon, there won’t be any rats left. Together we can progress: An idea that is becoming obsolete with every passing day.
Rather palpably, we can come to a very eloquent conclusion: Monkey chatter, defeating the very purpose of an argument is a blame that both sides have to take; the speaker and the listener. The speaker should be aware of his market, his ambience and the factors deterring his point to be taken seriously. The listener, on the other hand, should be able to make every effort to help the speaker put his points forward. If, indeed, both of these are not taken care of, the world would soon be deprived of bright ideas. They were bright ideas that made the wheel of the world spin in the past and they will be bright ideas which will make progress possible. Depriving the world of it is a heinous crime.
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