The first transatlantic telegraph cable was made of 340,500 miles of copper and iron wire, designed to stretch 2,875.95 miles along the ocean floor. Once the cable was in place, you could use electrical impulses and signal code to send any message you wanted to the other side of the world.

Human beings are being hardwired with the impulses to share our ideas and the desire to know we’ve been heard. It’s all part of our need for community. That’s why we’re constantly sending out signals and signs. And why we look for them in other people. We’re always waiting for messages, hoping for connection. And if we haven’t received a message, it doesn’t always mean it hasn’t been sent to us. Sometimes, it means we haven’t listened hard enough.

In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice. When we hear the human voice, we instinctively want to listen, in the hopes of understanding it. Even when the speaker is searching for the right words to say. Even when all we hear is yelling or crying or singing. That’s because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world. That’s why we can hear in a singer’s voice over the sound of a full orchestra. We will always hear that singer no matter what else surrounds it.

– Jake Bohm (Kite Strings)

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