And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.*
Talking to people I’ve never met before is my adventure. It’s my joy, my rebellion, my liberation. It’s how I live. Here’s why. When you talk with strangers, you make beautiful and surprising interruptions in the expected narrative of your daily life. You shift perspective. You form momentary meaningful connections. You find questions whose answers you thought you knew. You reject the ideas that make us so suspicious of each other.**
Everyone knows something we don’t know.
Perhaps they don’t even know this about themselves; perhaps only in sharing what they know with another will they discover what they have to bring.
We miss out on the wonder of discovering what one another knows, often because we measure it wrongly:
‘”Offer me something I’m passionate about and I’ll show up with all my energy, effort and care.” That’s a great way to hide. Because nothing is good enough to earn your passion before you do it.’^
Or before we hear it. Allowing ourselves the time and space to listen to the stories of others leads us towards change:
“Narratives that cause us to pay attention and also involve us emotionally are the stories that move us to action.’^^
It’s only in being attentive to another’s story that we know what they have to bring. It is only in hearing our own story, which may emerge in the telling to someone else, that we find we have something to offer:
‘There’s something you haven’t said, something you haven’t done, some light that needs to be switched on, and it needs to be taken care of. Now.’*^
Erich Fromm caught my eye when he wrote:
‘Equality today means “sameness” rather than “oneness.”^*
I’m connecting this with Seth Godin’s observation, above. We want people to be the same as us rather than to discover a dynamic oneness in which each bring their unique knowledge, imagination and ingenuity.
(*From Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.)
(**From Kio Stark’s When Strangers Meet.)
(^From Seth Godin’s blog: Work before passion.)
(^^Paul Zak, quoted in The Story of Telling: The 5 C’s of Story Structure.)
(*^From gapingvoid’s blog: How to be creative.)
(^*From Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving.)