Simmel has a very interesting viewpoint on the idea of sociability. He describes a basic form of communication between two people in which there is no reason for the conversation besides the simple pleasure of having the conversation. At first I thought this viewpoint made perfect sense. Many of us have conversations with people on a daily basis for the simple pleasure of the human interaction. The conversation may start by complimenting an item of clothing, or by simply commenting on the weather. Yet the more I thought of this concept, the more I thought of my every day life. I have many random conversations with people I do not know/do not know well. It’s how you meet friends. Yet do we truly have conversations just for the sake of having them? I’m no so sure. We all have talked to a person sitting next to us in class, yet it’s usually to pass the time. We may talk to someone when we are alone at a bar waiting for a friend, yet that is to pass the time. Do I believe you can have a conversation for the pleasure of the conversation? Of course, yet it is hard to say that there is no motivation for that conversation to start.
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