There are people who do things that amaze me. Right now, my co-worker Garrett is one of them because of something he figured out that never would have occured to me, and that I probably wouldn't have focused on long enough to figure out.
But I'll get to that in a minute.
In the past couple of days, everyone—and I mean everyone, myself included—has been talking about Jon Stewart's appearance on CNN's Crossfire. And, in fact, it was something to see.
To be honest, I don't watch Crossfire anymore. For a while, after moving to D.C. and taking my first politically oriented job, I was a Crossfire junkie. I watched it regularly for a time, but at some point my viewing fell off.
Perhaps it was due in part to some disillusionment with politics, but I know it was also due to losing patience with the show. I found that after watching it I wasn't any more informed about the issues at hand than I was before watching, but I was certainly angrier. In fact, I'd get so angry that I'd shout back at the television. It got to the point where I wasn't even listening to the show anymore.
That, it turns out, is the key. I wasn't listening.