Have you noticed that practically everyone has dropped the art of conversation in favor of the habit of self-promotion? Do you see that glazed over look when you mention one of your interests?
It seems to me that in order to connect, we need to take a stand and practice some old-but-new valuable habits. Like looking in a persons eyes and really seeing them. See how they be and who they are.Then we could take a breath or two, and smile. Acknowledge the being in front of us. All of this before opening our mouths. And if we do this, we might have a chance at resurrecting the art of listening, which could lead to conversing, and even communicating! What do you think?