The modern man, for all his materialistic and technical advances is fast losing the ability to put forth a point in a cohesive manner. Why?
Lets look at one of the difference between a modern man and his ancestors a generation or two ago.
A generation or two ago, internet was no existent, most of the people did not have televisions and even for those who did, they were not bombarded with the multitude of channels available today.
Thus men then had more time to sit down and talk to each other. This talking forced people to have an opinion, to voice it out and to defend it against all the counter arguments put forth.
Since a discourse was involved, listening was also equally important which the men had to learn.
The combination of listening and speaking made our ancestor eloquent, with an ability to have a view point and defend it.
The modern man, on the other hand, spends most of his time either watching television or surfing the net. This leads to a one way communication whereby there is no active input required. Thus the men of today know how to listen and how to read, but are not as proficient as our ancestors in analysing the information and accepting or rejecting it with a well thought of rationale.
What do you think? Do you think the above viewpoint is justified?