Terrific article, incredibly relevant to the world that we live in. Can’t even begin to think of the number of conversations I’ve had where this can apply. It is so common to find people who believe conversation is a competition around material, superficial objects in this life. The point about people whom you respect resonates so strongly with the past few years of my life, I feel I relate, feel more comfortable with, and truly respect people not distracted by material means. It can be so exhausting meeting people so preoccupied by what you have discussed. The most embarrassing part of this though, is that it is a trap easy to fall into, as you feel the need to supplement the poor claim to ‘conversation’.