Thursday, January 1, 2009
"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog."
To me, this is the most fascinating thing about the internet: You have all of these people with their dreams, ideas, faults and strengths ... you have these circles, these nodes, of common interest where this diverse mass of individuals pour their thoughts into shared pixel representations.
And sometimes I think to myself: Why do we do this? Why do we strive to share our experiences and thoughts with everyone else? Why do we want to get people to understand what we're thinking, feeling, wanting?
It seems to me that no matter how introverted or extroverted an individual is, we all are reaching for some kind of connection beyond just our self - to know that we are not totally alone in our thought or experience or feeling. That someone appreciate at least a fraction of who and what we are.
What is hard for me to understand, and I'm not sure I'm capable of really understanding it, is why some people are literally so lost in their own individuality that they cannot hear the experiences and feelings of others.
Maybe that's the most important reason why I love my dogs so much: You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says:
"My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!"
Posted by Jenna at 9:20 PM