I’ll set the scene: I was waiting outside of the restrooms at the Asia Society a few weeks ago. I overheard the following conversation. It’s not the exact words, but it’s the spirit of the conversation. Assume this conversation lasted no longer than two minutes max- probably more like one, so you get the time frame:
A: New York is SOOOO not a ghost town
B: I know! The republicans are stupid and arrogant. They have no idea what they’re talking about . Just look at the city (they were standing by a window)
A: I don’t know how anyone can be a Republican. How uninformed are they?
A: Oh. You’ll never believe it! Someone finally moved into the building across the street. it’s been empty for six months since it opened. I now see one light when I look over there. It was so dark before.
B: I can imagine. A bunch of people moved out of the building next door to me. My super said that they were all foreign investors.
A: Oh…did you see that &^%^$ closed?
B: Nooo? I loved that place. @#@$%^ closed too.
A: Yeah. I saw that. Too bad they couldn’t stay in business.
My Husband came out of the restroom, so I missed the rest…
Other than the fact that I am an eavesdropper, and I wish for an invisibility cloak and super hearing so that I can do it better…
What do we think about the conversation?
Do we, and when I say we I mean all people including myself, see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear?
Can we all go into ostrich mode with the blink of an eye?
Is that really our collective superpower?