Nearly everyday, I walk into my local Starbucks and order my morning coffee. On a particularly rainy day at 7:30am, I hear a woman, Clara, say to a fellow coffee drinker as they exit the store, "Watch your shoe laces!" The woman’s boot laces are untied and dragging. As Clara is speaking aloud, I reply with a minor comedic comment. She excites and begins conversing with me about multiple topics starting with work, age and experience, 2016 Presidential Election, our in born “White Privilege”, confusion and misunderstanding, her personal experiences including teaching, poll working, boxing, the struggle of an individual and society.
It was a great conversation. One of the conversations you search out through social situations; parties, bars, meet up, etc.
Humans are eternally trapped by our senses. As one studies science, then medicine, then neuroscience, we find that all experience is of the past. Nothing is truly immediate as every interaction occurs before the brain can process the experience. To know anything outside of ourselves, we must interact with other beings; people, animals, plants, inanimate objects, etc.
Relative to the human experience, other humans are the most interesting thing. We somewhat understand ourselves, but gain so much more understanding as we interact with and study each other. Sharing our experience through conversation is possibly the best way to communicate. Personal interaction is far superior to social media which is far superior to a written book which is far superior to inference through artifacts which is far superior to nothing at all.
When you are ready to converse with another human without prejudice or ‘immediate’ judgement, then you are ready to attempt to understand another; possibly the toughest thing to achieve in life is to understand another person.