Photo-Reading People

I have once seen a man in a grand library, sitting at a table, with a piece of paper and a pen in front of him, without doing anything. Yet, around him, there were tens of busy people with book piles on the table, notes, charts, and all sorts of written, colorful papers. And, of course, as an extension of their bodies, their laptops.

All working, all mind lined to that ineffective vocal subconscious reading (below 1000 words/minute), all typing some attention-grabbing ideas they came across their mind patterns, wasting away the communication, typing away meaning [en, blog].

Only my man wasn’t doing anything. But he wasn’t dreaming either. He was playing around with pen on paper, drawing something from time to time, like a circle, a square, a parallelepiped [en, wiki], or scribbling without writing any words restraining meaning. He was leaning his looks against the hall. He did this for a few hours.

He seemed not fatigued nor bored. On the contrary, he was simply dissipating communication, paying attention to all lack of communication surrounding him. I had then the impression that man was a sage man.

I met him a few days ago and realized my impression was correct. He was truly, a great wise human being, one who deeply understood people. But, in those moments, in those instants of communication, between communication wasting, he was actually dissipating communication while playing with his little pen on paper or looking at the students and scholars all around the library.

Just visualize him in an ocean of possibilities, dissipating communication. He did not follow a thought, nor was he being swept away by any mental movies, photos, sounds, or emotions. Instead, that man was respectfully letting all those shapes, figures, tics, gestures, and words around him come closer and naturally enter into the specter of his communication.


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He was receiving it all without any catalog classifications [en, blog], patterns, tags, types, captcha, lists, groups, directories, folders, networks, or accounts, may they be mental, drawn, drafted, or virtual.

He probably gave up, in all those moments, for dissipating communication, of all certitudes, to all his mental rigors enforced by the mind-clipping technology of the digital man. That is why he did not delete, distort or omit anything. That’s why he naturally, respectfully considered all that happening around him. His view was totally defocused. He was present.

He has chosen a library for this exercise because, as he told me, only in a library were people lost in their communication and still silent. Only in a library’s reading room can he notice so many people without feeling burdened by them and disturbing them simultaneously.

The people working there were following so carefully the lines of the books they were reading and still so silent that they were not hiding their true selves, not controlling their gestures. At the same time, the inner dialogue was rambling, absorbed by the flow of information into their inner game [en, wiki].

My wise friend was not observing them; observation would have required too much attention and rigor. So he was OK with simply letting them near his conscience. He was dissipating communication; he was not observing. That’s why he ended up knowing people so fine. That’s where he learned to respect people. That’s HOW he became wise.

I only know in Romania one man who truly masters the art of skillfully dissipating communication [en, blog], although he blogs, tweets, and googles a lot of his meaning. I think this man has an immense science of people. He understands and guesses more precisely than all psychology and ethical treaties worldwide. He has built his wisdom leaving the people to talk, work, write, and suffer, all around him, without him casting any judgment upon them. I think this simple mystery lays down the ground for wisdom.

I think there are more people of his kind in the world. By dissipating communication, not typing it away into distractions, they transcend the communication barriers, getting to the essence of the person, which they respect as de facto.

Let us pay attention to some of the great communicators of the last century. To those who terra-formed the rules and categories of communication: they were mastering the art of dissipating communication; Edward Bernays [en, wiki]; Robert Cialdini [en, wiki]; Allan Pease [en, wiki]; Leo Burnett [en, wiki]; Clare W. Graves [en, wiki]; David Ogilvy [en, wiki].

Marcus Victor Grant

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