Although I know I can be a little arrogant at times
Ex, I can honestly say I’ve never thought of you as arrogant. I enjoy your posts.
Yeah, you guys see what I mean. Knowledge comes from the most unexpected of places (persons). Often times we learn the most from the most challenging of ideas.
Terry, true re: that young people learn so much from these various sources.
Mentoring. I would think, that to some degree we see this in the work force itself. True, not quite the way you see in the past. Still, I see this happen in different trades.
I have to say, when I hear the word mentor. I think of George Costanza and his mentoring the kid who had wanted to be the architect. Funny, though,he didn't go into it to help this young man, so much as he went into it for his own ego.
I also get a really good laugh when I think of that episode.
I have to say, Jaffacake, you made a point re: classifying people. Much like what Talesin said re: those who can be fluffy.
It’s easy to look at the few posts a person may make and then classify them. However, if you were to meet this person, without knowing who they are, perhaps at an aposta-fest and just start talking to them, you might find that this person is as Talesin said, very complex and has some very valuable qualities to add to a conversation. Then you realize who you are talking to and are pleasantly surprised.
So that, now your opinion and “classification” of them has changed.
Reminds me of high school. Ya know, there were the jocks, the cheerleaders, the burnouts, the nerds (ok, maybe my high school life was a little too reminiscent of Pretty in Pink).
Pretty in Pink…..Actually, yeah. Put all those different people in a room with their different personalities and by the end of the day they had all walked out of the school with a new perspective of one another. Each of them had something to offer to the group. A person that one would think had nothing to offer to a conversation, classified as a loser, offering some of the most beautiful insight into human behaviour.
So, has anyone ever had something like this happen? Anyone in your life, someone specific that really surprised you with what they had to share and you walked away with a new perspective? Any lessons that have been learned that you’ve not forgotten? I don't mean necessarily on the forum either.
Ps Maybe I missed this in past, but valis, where and/or what do you teach?