This particular quote by Albert Einstein seems harsh at first glance, and I take exception to the use of the word “idiot.” In fact, when my children were small, “stupid” was a four-letter word in our house and could, and should, be used to describe no one. Without exception.
I am reminded of tiny infants in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) who used to cling to their lives lying in large isolettes scattered about a room. Then someone discovered that they did better and flourished when they were held and nurtured. So, grandmothers were hired to come and sit in the nurseries and hold and feed the babies. A definite win-win.
As our society advances down the pathway of increasing tech, somewhere along the journey, we are losing sight of each other as people. People who are different than we are, think differently than we do. People with unique personalities, feelings and needs. And, as it turns out, one of our primal needs to get beyond merely surviving the day to day struggles of life, and thriving, is being nurtured.
No, I don’t want you to run down the street hugging everyone you meet. But, I do have a few suggestions to offer.
The next time you are interacting with someone online who you consider a friend, how about pausing for a just moment and asking how their day is going, how they are feeling, do they need to talk?
And, the next time you are sitting in front of another human being, try putting your smart-phone face-down on the table (I know it is too much to ask you to turn it off), and look into their eyes, and maybe even their heart and see them…
And perhaps take one more giant leap toward real connection, and hear them…