A 20-something-year-old guy ordered a coffee and caught up with a friend before coming to chat with me. I had to take notes as soon as it ended. Most of this is word-for-word:
Guy: How was your Thanksgiving?
Me: Great! How was yours?
Guy: Good. (pause) For me, it’s nothing about being grateful. All about the food.
Me: Really?! (laughs) Um… sure!
Guy: And it lasts for four days. I just eat for four days. And now I’m doing a three-day cleanse.
Me: Nice. Good luck!
Guy: Well, it should be easy, because the energies are all heightened in the cosmos right now.
Guy: Yeah! What with it being 2012 and all.
Me: Oh! Right…
Guy: They’re just swirling now. Getting really close. Don’t you feel it? The energy from the cosmos?
Guy: I mean, they’re getting closer and closer. We’re at the peak of our consciousness right now. Like cell phones. Cell phones are just symbolic of our consciousness connecting. You know? You pick up a cell phone and it taps into the collective consciousness that’s all around us. They’re a bridge between the mental, the physical and spiritual.
Guy: Soon, we won’t need them at all.
Guy: Yeah, we won’t need computers or a cell phones- just our minds. We’ll just be able to tap into the collective consciousness ourselves to communicate with other people.
Me: Wow. (pause) Do you think this will happen within our lifetime?
Guy: Oh yeah! In a just a few years!
Me: Well… that’ll be… cool!
Guy: Definitely. See you later!