Thursday, July 16, 2009

Esto Perpetua

I've recently finished reading The Tipping Point. It's my second book by Malcom Gladwell. He's for definite one of my favorite authors. The Tipping Point is about what makes things successful, what makes people successful.

The reason why it's eye-opening is this: the human social creature is unlike what we traditionally like to think about ourselves.

For example, we tend to think that emotion come from within but it really does not. Gladwell talks about a study where students were told to nod their heads under the pretense that the researchers were trying to see if head movement had any affect on music listening. At the end there was an advertisement promoting raising tuition costs at colleges. Well, the people who were simply nodding their heads the whole time where more likely to agree than the control group who kept their heads still. Apparantly, ad agencies know about this and try to make ads on TV that make the eye bounce in a nodding fashion. Interesting right?

But, I digress.

The section in the book about the types of people who really help cause a Tipping Point really got me thinking. Gladwell talks about a type of people called the Connectors who make friends with people in many different social circles.

It got me thinking about my life, and what kind of friends and aquaintances I have acquired over the years. But, also, I started to think about all the people I have lost contact with. People that I may have friended on Facebook, or talked to at a club meeting but never followed through or contact just kind of faded over time.

Well, I'd like to change that. I'd like to reach out, for the first time in a long time, to all of you with whom I have lost touch. If you want just leave me a comment, or send me a message.

When have we last spoken? Where has your life taken you? Do you remember how we met?

I'll start. I'm still Luyba, but depending on when we last spoke I may have changed a lot. I am a rising Sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I love the city, I love my school. I like Economics, French, DIY crafts, and revolutionary ideas. I like to explore new places (especially in New York)

I'm not requiring an answer. I'm not even sure I'm really asking for one. I'm just putting this thought out into the universe. If you'd like to re-connect that's fine, if not then that's just as good. If I tag you in a note, I'm not picking you out. If I don't tag you it doesn't mean I'm not reaching out to you.

So, now that I'm done writing, it's actually almost a bit scary to hit publish...


Much Love,



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