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Nov. 1st, 2006 | 02:20 am
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Things I have learned (or come to believe) recently:

1. You really do teach other people how to treat you. (There are counterexamples of this, but for most people, most of the time, I find it to be true).

2. It is important to have the courage of your convictions, but it is also important to consider other viewpoints. (And very arrogant not to).

3. If you love someone, you have to be interested in their passion(s). Not in the liking it or wanting to do it yourself sense, but in the caring enough about the person to want to understand what they love and why they love it. (Consider the case of me, my brother, and collectible card games. I have little-to-no desire to ever play these games... they seem like a huge time and money investment, among other things that I don't care to make. But since they are one of the things about which Ben is most passionate, it is worth it for me to know at least enough to be able to genuinely congratulate him when he becomes state champion at Magic and not feel inclined to ask questions like "oh? what trick won the competition for you?")

4. If you can't talk about your passion(s) to someone without fear of criticism, you won't be able to really talk about anything else, except maybe the weather.

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