In an article entitled ‘Who is this person sitting next to you?’ Ross Snyder, of the Chicago Theological Seminary (1968), said: ‘You might say a name, describe how tall he is, and the colour of eyes and hair. But none of these things is what the person is. A person is invisible activities… ‘The person sitting next to you is an inexhaustible sort of existence. Within him are energies that have only been partially awakened. Nine-tenths of his possibility has not yet been touched off… ‘Thus the person sitting next to you is a cluster of memories of the past and expectations of the future. He (or she) is really a whole colony of persons, of people met all during a life. Something of these people has entered into this person forever. So that the person sitting next to you is really a city – a community. In that community live the father and mother of this person, the boys and girls with whom he played most, the people with whom he was at school, the persons with whom he competed, the enemies he met: all the live things of this world that came and interacted with this person. They are still deep within… ‘Each person is this world of experiences. …Thus the person sitting next to you is the greatest miracle and greatest mystery that you will ever meet.’ Whether you know the person sitting next to you or not, remember the words of Ross Snyder and apply them. Through holding quality conversations you can bring out the best in them. This will enrich your understanding of the person. Discover the person sitting next to you.
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