I met Dag. She was quite wonderful to talk with. Very unassuming in demeanor. Very attentive and good at shutting up and listening. I liked her very much.
Re what Farmerman said about not fully understanding how we are perceived...
That's such a tough one. If in person, you look at faces and postures. If at a distance, you check other things like written responses and try to gauge the tone of them. If there's a response.
I've written comedy routines. I've written song lyrics and melodies. I've written long political things. I've written thousands of jokes. Some gain an audience, others don't, or you just don't know. The whole enterprise can
seem, at times, bloody impossible. And the more of it we do, the more we put ourselves at risk in a bunch of ways. I've died as a stand up comic. It really, really hurts. And I've killed' em too. And that feels extraordinary.
But when I'm not engaged with others in a rich or challenging way, I quite frankly lose the most fundamental reason for me to be alive and sentient.
I'll add a little anecdote here. When I went back to university at about 35, one of my first course was in Logic. Great prof. Just a nice and very smart guy. Early on, he invited me to come to his office for a talk after class. He asked what it was like to be back in school. I told him I'm quite forgotten what it was like to raise my hand to a professor's question and to enthusiastically give the wrong answer.