I had a rather bad week with a heavy cold but by Friday morning I was just about right again. And that was just in time for a visitor up from Melbourne. He is a psychologist like me who also takes an interest in politics. He and I have corresponded about the psychology of Leftist politics in a rather desultory manner for some time now. And I was very impressed by the depth of his insights. And he finds my analyses pretty spot-on too. So he finally decided to come up and see me. We arranged to have lunch together.
Because I am a bit deaf, I don't normally go in much for such meetings but his thinking seemed well worth an effort to communicate in person.
And he actually told me some things about myself that I had been aware of but which I had tended to ignore. One thing was that in my blogging I tended to speak quite harshly of people I disagree with and that I could therefore come across an an angry person. He was of course quite right. Joe once told me the same. Since I am in fact a very cheerful person who virtually NEVER gets angry and who laughs his way through the day, that impression is a bit unfortunate. I will have to see what I can do to correct the misimpression.
He had some comfort for me, however. He said that although my writing is harsh, he could always see a kind heart behind it and meeting me in person had confirmed the kind heart. So the psychologist was psychologized! I actually put a lot of little jokes in my writings but they may be a bit on the subtle side. I do wonder at times if anybody gets them.
So that was an unexpected lunch topic. I thought we would be talking mainly about politics -- global warming and all that sort of thing. And we did have a few laughs about the poor old Warmists and their inability to debate. But mostly we talked about personal things. And one of them was a most unusual thing.
I am a great fan of Yuja Wang as a classical pianist. I think she is the world's best. And G., my visitor, shared that feeling. He was even familiar with her interpretations of Schubert Lieder, which I particularly love. So a quite unexpected meeting of minds there. We are both filled with wonder at the emotional rightness of her interpretations.
That a Chinese lady from Beijing would have such depth of perception of a rather arcane Western artform seems incredible on the face it of but Yuja Wang IS incredible. G. and I even had in mind a couple of Lied interpretations that we both particularly liked: "Gretchen am Spinnrade" and "Der Erlkoenig".
There were other meetings of minds over lunch but those were the two big ones, I think. It was certainly a very rare sort of meeting in my experience.