The manners of society indicate every hour the consciousness of one Soul. Put three or four educated people together who have not seen each other for years, & perhaps they shall be unable to converse aloud without force. Each predicts the opinion of the other, so that talking becomes tedious. All know what each would say. Why should I officiously & emphatically offer a pail of water to my neighbor Minot? He has a well of his own that sucks the same springs at the same level that mine does. Why should I drum on his tympanum with my words to convey thoughts to which he has access equally with me?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks 7:55