Reading is an act of civilization; it's one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.
I study people all the time. For some reason, we're not very good at seeing what's there or hearing what we're hearing.
I learned that life will go through changes - up and down and up again. It's what life does.
It is not important for me as a writer that you leave a piece of writing of mine with either an agreement or even a resonance with what I have said. What is important is that you leave with the resonance of what you have felt and what you thought in reaction to that.