Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Joseph stared at his friend who sat across the table and talked endlessly. He admired how the nostrils vibrated in tune with the words that came streaming from the mouth. Joseph enjoyed following how his friend’s Adam’s apple moved up and down like a buoy on a slightly troubled sea.

Joseph did not have a clue regarding what his friend was going on about. We are all born with differently sensitive senses. Joseph’s sight was much more responsive than his hearing. Therefore, he chose to be around friends who talked much but whose speeches were void of content and did not necessarily need an audience.