…with other people. It’s not easy, but it’s not always hard. Or, at least, it doesn’t have to be. Not always.
Evidently, it’s best to let conversation flow by allowing, at times encouraging, the other person to talk about themselves. Forget topics like politics or work or religion or the weather.
Get them to talk about themselves.
Hardly a feat.
People love to talk about themselves! So many of them just do. Which can be a great advantage because information is power and there are so many fools out there and fools slip up all the time, inadvertently showing you who they really are in a few poorly contrived quips or two (or three or four depending on the fool and their personal level of foolishness).
*Bronze Level Foolishness*
“I don’t know exactly. But. I. Am. Sure.”
“I know you said you’re not interested, but I’m going to leave the door open. I’m just going to leave it open. It’s open.”
“I only drink water in the morning so that it will last all day and I won’t need to stop to drink. My body knows. Saves time.”
**Sliver Level Foolery**
“Well, when I’m up, I assume everyone is up! Because they should be.”
*[Scoffs wetly to emphasize point]*
“I will not abide graffiti.”
“See how slim my fingers are? Intelligence!”
***Gold Level Fools***
“Gay guys hit on me all the time! I’m what’s known as a ‘bear.’”
“I’ve never seen anything racist, so…you know?”
*[Blinks slowly for effect]*
“Listen, if I had started fathering children at sixteen I’d be a grandfather by now!”
“I should make lesbian porn because I know what lesbians like!”
Maya Angelou said it best: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”