There’s an interesting discussion going on under this post. To extract two quotes from Matt (who is a multi-year 21 Convention attendee, and someone I wish I would have spoken more with in person this past year in Orlando),
It was interesting to me that you found this speech so transformational. As someone who as always viewed the core of pickup as communication, and the purpose of that communication as intimate connection, this speech was both superfluous and a bit simplistic.
I was merely commenting here that it was interesting to me that there’s people like Anthony out there who find this information life changing.
There are a number of things going on here that interrelate.
For one, knowing both Matt and Sock to approximately equal degrees, I can say definitively that they do not share a similar sense of life — which is to say, they do not face existence in the same way to any significant degree. Certain fundamentals are there I would assume, evidenced by both being attracted to The 21 Convention for their own reasons, but even so, they are very different individuals.
It is for this reason that I believe Matt looks at Sock’s presentation and is a bit puzzled as to why anyone would be absolutely blown away by it. Indeed, Sock did not invent the wheel in his speech. There is nothing earth-shattering revealed in the speech in and of itself, unless you happened to be missing those specific pieces of knowledge or ways in which to apply that which you already knew.
Even so, that would only be a temporary “kaboom”, and even the most critical of those individual bits of knowledge would not hold a candle to … the sum total of the speech and the speaker who gave it, should you happen to face existence in a similar fashion to him.
This would include me, much of the staff, and most of the attendees from what I was able to observe.
And it is this shared sense of life with a speaker — or author, or artist, etc — that grants the ability to gain enough altitude to view their content with sufficient sight to grasp the entirety of what they are saying and the essence of who they are as individuals.
It is for this reason that an individual can draw a complete picture from a novel and allow it to be a moving experience — or merely view it as a linear sequence of events, and probably be bored to death by it in the process.
I for example can crack open any page in The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged and it can be perfectly intelligible to me — no differently than it would be if I were to re-read the book from beginning to that specific point in the novel.
I can do this with 100% consistency because the universe Ayn Rand created in those novels makes complete sense to me, so much so that it is one world to me and skipping around either of the books is no more confusing to me than driving to the grocery store or travelling on a plane to a distant country.
There’s nothing confusing about it, it’s just travelling in a world I understand as clearly as the one physically in front of me.
In a less complex manner, this is the same phenomenon many of you will experience watching Sock’s speech, and some of you won’t. You will grasp the speech fully and completely — which is to say, bring it into full conscious focus — and have it change your life to the degree possible and extent you allow it, or you will only see it as a series of ideas presented in ABCDEF fashion, and wonder why others are profoundly inspired by it.
The reason is that one individual is seeing (and will always see in this speech) 25 years of raw, hard, life experience in the arena of intimate/romantic relationships masterfully concretized into a 92 minute video, and the other is seeing something as obvious as paleolithic based nutrition explained to a general audience in a 5 step seemingly elementary fashion.
Which begs the question — is paleo nutrition common sense?
My answer: only on hindsight.
Which begs the statement that all learning is a process of automatizing knowledge.
— Anthony Dream Johnson