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Timesaving with Social Clarity

9 New Subject in School

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[1] Elias was so impressed with Thumoslang that he wanted Armando, his friend, to have the same experience. Elias brought Armando to Nick’s place one day for an introduction. The video [Relationship Count | NDBaker93 Thumoslang105 | S8E2](v=fAso8b69RXk) captured the three-way meeting. They quickly accepted that to master relationships, you must understand what a relationship is.

[2] It did not take long for Armando, a high school underclassman, to appreciate the immense power of Thumoslang. Before the filming, Elias Turner, a senior classmate, introduced Armando to Nickantony Quach, the creator of Thumoslang.

[3] When the serious talk began, Armando asked for a demonstration of Thumoslang as the vocabulary for social life.

[4] “Can you give me an example?” asks Armando. “I want to see an example of this working.”

[5] “All the good things come from relationships,” says Nick while standing behind the camera. “Do you agree with that hypothesis?”

[6] “Yes,” replies Armando. Sitting to his right, Elias nods in agreement.

[7] “It’s important,” clarifies Nick, “to know how many relationships you have today. If you have too many relationships, the important ones may not receive enough of your attention.”

[8] “Exactly,” agrees Armando.

[9] “If you have too few relationships, you may not have as many good things as your life might be able to offer,” says Nick.

[10] Armando nods in agreement.

[11] “Do you agree,” asks Nick, “it’s important to know how many relationships you have?”

[12] “To know exactly?” Armando double-checks.

[13] “Yes,” confirms Nick.

[14] “I think it’s important to understand which relationships are important and the less important.”

[15] “And therefore, you need to know how many [relationships] you have,” Nick follows through.

[16] “Otherwise, how can you,” Elias chimes in, “point to which ones….”

[17] “Do you know a number,” Armando cuts Elias off and challenges Nick, “of how many relationships you have?”

[18] “Yes,” says both Elias and Nick.

[19] “You do?” says Armando as he feels surprised.

[20] “With Thumoslang, you can,” affirms Nick. “Thumoslang allows us to count relationships.”

[21] “Why is that necessary?” wonders Armando.

[22] “Because, if you don’t know how many relationships you have,” explains Nick, “you don’t how if you have too few or too many relationships.”

[23] “What is it considered too few or too many?” asks Armando.

[24] “It depends on your ideals,” says Nick as Armando smiles.

[25] “That’s the point,” emphasizes Elias.

[26] “Do you agree that to count the number of relationships, you need to know the definition of a relationship?” asks Nick.

[27] “Yes,” replies Armando.

[28] “Are you in high school?” Nick asks Armando.

[29] “Yes.”

[30] “Do you agree that a high school student should be able to define a relationship?” asks Nick.

[31] Armando is not sure of the question.

[32] “Are you in an educational system where high school students should understand or know what a relationship is?” Nick restates the question.

[33] “I think so,” says Armando.

[34] “Therefore, it’s fair for me to ask you,” says Nick, “What is a relationship?”

[35] Armando smiles as he thinks out loud.

[36] “Relationship is you interacting with a human being,” struggles Armando, “or another entity, for some type of benefit or product.”

[37] “That’s an interaction,” says Elias, “not a relationship.”

[38] “OK,” agrees Armando, “you’re right.”

[39] “Relationship is,” Armando takes two, “when another entity fills your connection….”

[40] Elias interrupted and got Armando into a side conversation.

[41] “Nomenclature, in my head right now,” says Armando, “defines someone’s experience and efficiently gives that to someone else.”

[42] Elias chimes in again and helps bring everyone back on track.

[43] “We want you,” says Nick, “to be able to explain your experience to another person….”

[44] “…and have them understand it completely.” Armando jumps in and finishes the sentence for Nick.

[45] “Yes,” all at once, everyone nods in agreement.

[46] “Guess,” asks Nick as he looks at Armando, “how many relationships you have today?”

[47] “568,” replies Armando after a long pause, “or whatever my Instagram….”

[48] “Really?” Interrupted Elias.

[49] “Alright, that’s fine.” Nick chimes in and then ask. “Let me now tell you the definition of a relationship [as specified by Thumoslang] and see what you think, OK?”

[50] Nick begins with the first Thumoslang thumbnail definition.

  • Relationship; that means, ongoing relations.

[51] As soon as Amando acknowledges, Nick follows through with the second thumbnail.

  • Relation; that means, purposeful involvement.

[52] Nick keeps on delivering Thumoslang knowledge.

  • Involvement; that means, causing inclusion.

[53] “Let me walk back and explain each concept,” says Nick.

[54] “I included you in this meeting.” Nick gives a living example. “I involve you guys; that’s involvement.”

[55] “Because this involvement is an activity for one purpose we all share,” Nick concludes further, “we have a purposeful involvement: relation.”

[56] Nick then gives a contrasting example of a shared experience between two bus riders, traveling companions without a shared purpose. Neither rider causes the other included in the ride. They are not involved with one another: no relations.

[57] “Since we are in our meeting together for a shared purpose,” concludes Nick, “we have a relation with one another.”

[58] “But having a relation for the day does not make a relationship. It needs to be ongoing. A single relation is not enough, either. When you see the same baker daily, you have an ongoing relation, and people do not think of that as a relationship. To have a relationship with that baker,” clarifies Nick, “you need to ask her out.”

[59] “So you think,” Armando attempts to chime in.

[60] “So you need to have at least two ongoing relations,” Nick interrupts, “to declare victory in having a relationship with that person.”

[61] As the knowledge of Thumoslang dawns on Armando, he wants to jump in, but Nick is on a roll.

[62] “You have two different relations with your friend Elias,” Nick provides an immediate example. “One is a school relation, and the other is a music relation. You two have a true relationship with one another.”

[63] Armando agrees as he follows up. “Now, a person who only has one relation….”

[64] “That’s a phantom relationship,” interrupts Nick. “That’s a relationship we believe we have [in our mind] but [in reality] we don’t.”

[65] “When you have only a single relation without a shared purpose,” clarifies Nick, “you have a service.”

[66] “Wow,” smiles Armando.

[67] “How many relationships, by that definition, do you now have?” Asks Nick.

[68] Elias smiles as Armando struggles in an attempt to answer the question honestly.

[69] “I don’t know, but it’s small,” says Armando.

[70] “Smaller than 500,” Elias chimes in.

[71] “We don’t need to know the exact number,” says Nick. “We only need to know the range.”

[72] “From zero to 15,” says Armando, finally.

[73] “Zero to 15 is much less than 500,” says Nick. “That’s the point of Thumoslang.”

[74] “Thumoslang doesn’t tell you how to live your life,” explains Nick. “It helps you understand the truth behind your life.”

[75] Armando understands.

[76] “If you don’t know the truth about your life,” says Nick, “you don’t know how to improve it.”

[77] “You have to understand something,” agrees Armando, “to fix it.”

[78] “Exactly,” confirms Nick. Here is another set of thumbnail definitions from Thumoslang for you.

  • Boundary; that means, the indication of a border.
  • Implication; that means, intimate involvement.
  • Understanding; that means, boundaries and implications.

[79] “This should be a new subject in school,” concludes Armando.

[80] “This is a new subject for school,” clarifies Elias.

[81] “Exactly,” confirms Nick.

[82] “It just hasn’t been placed yet, dude,” says Elias as he looks at Armando.

[83] “Do [a few of] these [thumbnail] definitions make you feel more powerful?” Nick asked.

[84] “Yes,” replies Armando.

[85] The door behind Elias suddenly opened as Alec Mustafayev (pictured below), a student from a different high school, and his mother entered the room.

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