How strongly affected are you by the sounds of people's voices?
I can easily tolerate all kinds of defects in the way people look, but I can not say the same for how they sound. I find myself cringing at people whose speech is monotone or whose tone reflects emotional repression or whose speech pattern makes them sound uneducated. I have a hard time with people who normally speak real loudly.
For example, I have nothing against her but I can’t bear listening to Fran Dresher. On the other hand, I love the sounds of the people on the BBC and NPR. I know a lot of people were moved by the speeches of Ronald Reagan but, apart from my disagreement with the content, his speeches always struck me as sounding harsh. By contrast, I am always moved by the speeches of Franklin Roosevelt, especially by his intonations. To me his is the voice of Prometheus, the Titan who defied the gods to bring man fire.
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