Monday, February 14, 2011

I know, right? There are few things more gratifying than sharing that fierce, bright spark of connection implied in the phrase, "I know, right?"

It can happen when you tell someone an idea or opinion and they fire back, "I know, right?" You get an instant shot of being on the same team. The pair of you both know this thing, together.

This is why I love the moment at 2:08 in the trailer to the forthcoming Green Lantern film, starring Ryan Reynolds. He is just giddy with exhilaration.

Having this knowledge that you have truly communicated – been witnessed and understood – is a powerful feeling. In this world, it's so easy to feel that your thoughts – the markers of your Cartesian identity, your total selfhood – simply vanish unheard or are frustratingly misunderstood. When you can't communicate, you can't feel valued.

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