Conversant much lately? I certainly have not been so when it comes to most areas where I have tried to be conversant in the past. I’m struggling with many factors in my life, and find it difficult if not approaching impossible to remain civil in conversations about current affairs (I am NOT a fan of the current administration of the USA, or most modern politics for that matter), and many of the dialogues I enjoyed in the past are beyond my grasp for one reason or another. Yes, yes, I am still CAPABLE of remaining conversant about most if not all of the areas I once was (at least in American English — Ich spreche nur kleine Deutsch, and even less of any other language even though my reading comprehension was surprisingly high for French when I tested it some years back … for which I still bless a succession of language teachers who taught not just by rote when it came to vocabulary, but actively encouraged me to learn the roots of words and phrases as well).
To be conversant, one needs not only a common language, but also subjects about which you and at least one other person need to be knowledgeable enough to exchange thoughts and information in a civil manner. The conversant individual becomes so not by shouting but by speaking or writing in moderate tones FIRST. Shouting may follow, for one reason or another, although typically at a point where the conversation has exceeded the limits of civility that emotion can be restrained by. Madmen and madwomen are seldom if ever conversant in the subjects that drove them to madness in the first place, at least not until they have passed through their insanity and come out the other side leaner, refined by the fires of the spirit, fed by the fuel of knowledge and smelted into the crucible of their own brain.
Being conversant in a subject is not a thing that remains static if one is active and continues the necessary level of interest to be rationally so. Sure, I can still carry on deep conversations upon the subject of bounded infinities, but I’m not so certain as to how conversant I remain on the subject with as little reading or research as I have done in that field in the most recent twenty years. Heck, I wasn’t even able to finish my most recent attempt to read Hawking’s popularized work on the subject. (That may have had more to do with my declining eyesight than I was aware of at the time, yet still…) For the record, at least two of my most ardent conversational foils on the topic are now deceased: their personal infinities being freed from mortal bounds, they could perhaps bring new insight into some of the intricacies, new understanding to the nuances of how an infinity can remain so while suffering to exist within the limitations of boundaries.
Conversant now with time in other ways, I’ll close this ramble for the moment with an eternal consideration. Anyone ready for a conversation?