Gradients of Difference are at the core of learning and communication. I am older than you, I know more, I have seen more, I look different, I speak differently, or I think differently. Every interaction with someone else, familiar or unfamiliar, involves some level of difference that fuels the transfer of information from one person to another. Context is the equalizing medium, that pushes our dissimilarities to the background and pulls a peaceful conversation to the front. Without context, misunderstandings brew and a productive discussion becomes a pointless debate.
Emotional Intelligence, it’s literally one of the hardest things to measure and develop. The majority of my reflection on life centers around whether or not I made the right intelligent decision versus an emotional one in every scenario. I am an innately emotional person. I have worked over time to suppress my emotional response and let reason and rational drive how I interact in the world. I don’t want to be a stoic or cold, but I want to avoid letting my emotions driving me to do or say things that my cooler head would never allow. This approach is a hard struggle, and at times I do make an emotionally driven mistake. In this time of divide, I am going to try and double down on this approach, because I want to be able to look back and show how I channeled my emotions into social passions that actually made a difference and not just noise.