Starbucks Philosophers

Living in Starbucks lately has made me privy to far more poor, subjective arguments about topics ranging from Bush, to gay rights, to women’s rights, to Marx, to child care. There appears to be an endless stream of people reading the newspaper starting casual conversations with strangers who have been waiting what seems like years to unload everything they think is wrong with how activism is organized.

As I write this, there is a man talking to a woman who is consistently responding with, “I have a lot of respect for what your saying,” and (Vess will understand the feeling I get from this one), “I see where you’re coming from, but that’s not my reality.” A response from the woman along the lines of, “well, I think it is caused by something deeper than video games,” is met with a hasty, “well sure, it’s all Darwin!”

Sitting through so many of these types of conversations, gives me a strong respect for people who actually interact with other humans on an intellectual level. The arguments commonly shared are arguments that would be laughed out of the room in any structured forum, arguments that have obviously been built from years of echo-chambering and sheltered opinion.

I am thankful for having the opportunity to converse with people who know far more about any given subject than I and for being able to learn from them.

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