Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

So goes the quote, supposedly (though this is disputed) by Eleanor Rooseveldt.

But this is the sort of thing that only nerds could believe. Only people who view their bodies as a regrettable extension of their minds, and communication as a sort of small-bandwidth wifi useful only for the propagation of information.

There’s an entirely relational dimension missing here. People have always talked about people. People have always talked about events. Because those things are important. Because they’re relational. And because relationships are important.

This reminds me of what Sir Ken Robinson said about education:

Truthfully, what happens is, as children grow up, we start to educate them progressively from the waist up. And then we focus on their heads. And slightly to one side. They become disembodied, in a kind of literal way. They look upon their body as a form of transport for their heads.

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