"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."- Oscar Wilde
Every Thanksgiving, when I try to reflect on things I am most grateful for, I find myself growing more and more appreciative of friendships. As much as I love reading, listening to music, seeing a play, I have always found that the depth of my understanding of these experiences is best revealed in an honest conversation with a friend. I treasure being defeated in a friendly debate almost more than finding a resonance with my ideas, because defeats are tremendously illuminating.
I love meeting new people, talking to people from different walks of life. I find the infinite variety of their life experiences fascinating, and most of the time I walk away enriched by their stories. For me, even the worst moment of initial awkwardness is a tiny price for a glimpse into someone's soul.
I love Thanksgiving for its atmosphere of gratitude. Among my many blessings, perhaps the one I treasure most is a great number of interesting people I have met in my life. I am most grateful for the fact that I could easily at any given moment name three or four dozen people, whom I genuinel...