I'm speaking intentionally in vague generalities... as it's been a day for that. I process by talking or writing (or more accurately, in this age holding conversations in writing). In the "good old days" I'd have died of confusion and impatience waiting for the post office. Today... I have an entire network of "perspectives" at my fingertips (literally) when I need to process something.
Ever used Twitter or Facebook? You need an answer to a question? Ask on Twitter or set your status on Facebook... usually within minutes you'll have several possible answers and if you're lucky, maybe even a conversation between several people discussing the pros and cons of each possibility.
For deeper, more meaningful conversations, blogs with comments and/or emails suffice. I think about something (like the nature of conversation in the modern age), pontificate about it for a while on my blog, and then just wait for someone out in cyberspace to read it, ponder it themselves, and then comment or email me with something related (or opposing) to ponder.
My latest issue of Relevant Magazine came in the mail today. I was flipping through it quickly, while awaiting hubby's return from work so we could go out for a much-needed dinner date, and came across an editorial page on the instant gratification of the twitter generation (or whatever the actual terminology used). It was all about the pride and arrogance associated with assuming the rest of the world cares what you're doing every moment of every day. And there is a certain truth to that I suppose.
But if you don't care what I think, why are you still reading this? No one is forcing you to.
And I said as much to a friend today in conversation. She was worried that I put too much of my heart on my sleeve in this blog. Maybe she's right. Maybe I do. But how anyone chooses to read this blog is their business. I write because it's who I am. It's what I need to do. It's how I process things around me: by positing my opinion and waiting for others out there to express their agreements, objections, and overall perspectives.
Because that's what I'm after: your unique perspective to sort through along with mine and my experiences. It's how I make sure that I remember the world is bigger than just me and my minuscule viewpoint. Because when I share with you and you share with me your thoughts, feelings, observations, and experiences, we grow closer.
And while there is something to be said for flesh and blood interaction, the truth of the matter is that I feel no less close to those of you with whom I carry on deep and meaningful conversations via the wires on a regular basis than I do with people that I interact with in person (sometimes on a fairly superficial level).
And that is what true communication is about.