In the presence of each other, a number of species, including us human kind, affect each other cell by cell. Some of us always knew this. For example, our moms told us to stay clear of "bad companions." The transmission process happens across the species. My dog Molly Mittens could pick up that I was depressed before I did. The vet, part Dr. Phil, told me she had been hanging on despite her bad heart trying to keep me together.
But how we resonate off each other was confirmed by researchers such as Marco Iacoboni on mirror neurons in Italy. He made all that science user-friendly in his book "Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others. Last night at the New Haven Zen Center in Connecticut we discussed why meditating together in-person can center us so quickly. As a guiding teacher noted, we feed off each other's strength. The same principle operates in 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
No surprise, we are returning to in-person speeches, meetups, chats by the water cooler, author presentations at bookstores, and church services. Virtual social networks were fun but they left us, well, unconnected.
For the past four months, although I was doing my time virtually on Facebook and LinkedIn, I would get attacks of extreme alienation. They were brutal enough to dry up the creative processes as I tried to write. When I packed up the laptop and went to the public library in North Haven, CT, the juices started flowing again. Clients raved about what I had created there. Blog posts done there went viral. The help-wanted I answered there brought in good assignments.
We need other human beings around us. They don't have to even actively interact with us. For this very reason, we speechwriters have been busy preparing what speakers are delivering in the flesh, not on webinars. Social networks have proved to be unable to transmit from mirror neurons.