Quality vs Quantity

Counting Voices

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

I spent a good deal of time last night thinking about this topic while I was trying to fall asleep. Kept trying to think about what would be the ideal number of people to have in a good conversation. I was going through the list of people I know, thinking of how many I could talk with at once and still have a coherent string of ideas passing from one person to the next.

Then it hit me, the number of people doesn’t matter as much as the attitude of those people in the conversation.

I could sit and have the best conversation 1:1 with the bbf R, or le brother for hours. But if I have to sit with someone I can’t respect then the conversation is going to dwindle.

Likewise, I had a small group bible study a few years ago when I was in teacher’s college. There were 6 of us most nights, and the 6 of us would have the most amazing heart felt conversations, filling my soul for the next two weeks until we met again. Walking up stairs and talking with the two other people I lived with was like a prison sentence compared to that.

So I think that the number of people is not important for good conversation. I think the important factor here is good conversation. Being able to have a respectful, back and forth, with people who make in enjoyable.

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