But it is not only, "just talking" for the sake of talking, or gaining followers, or membership fees, or book sales, or seminar attendees; the listener/reader must "like the person" (or not strongly dislike the person) in order to hear and eventually understand them. There are several aspects of this.
Those you don't like, you won't believe. And ordinary people can never Teach themselves anything about the matters being discussed herein because they don't really like themselves mentally. If you really DID - like yourself mentally - you probably wouldn't even be interested in reading this or similar pieces, you'd be artistically crafting and "Doing your own Thing" somewhere else. Furthermore, people don't believe themselves, they doubt themselves at every turn. In actuality, it is their own self that is the only suitable source for the information necessary to ever understand what is really going on.
Most people think they do seek for New Information about their own inner world, and about man's intangible collective world, which is evidenced by their continually purchasing books, tapes, videos, and scanning the Internet for hours looking here, looking there, and dreaming. But what they really desire is simply to locate, and hopefully befriend new and interesting people who seem to be dispensing the kind of information they automatically find agreeable. But, again, if they don't like the source - too tall, too fat, too well- or poorly-dressed, unpleasing voice, and many other silly things - so much for that new information.
Those few on the right path must keep a clear distinction between what (who) their hormones like and dislike, and the expressions of such by their neurons. Feelings are one thing, and Thoughts about them are quite another, and automatic mixing can taint those impressions permanently. As they are, men have no idea what lies behind or beneath their consciousness, so collectively they concoct fables, stories, myths to fill in that void. This includes all descriptions of man's consciousness from Marxist to Existentialist, Taoist to Buddhist, Freudian to Jungian, Jewish to Christian, and many others. From the endless array, people gravitate toward and ultimately find one (or a combination) that satisfies them. Of course, a few never do, and become drawn to The Aim of igniting the higher ends of their nervous system above the level common in mankind today. Only then can one satisfactorily describe consciousness, though only to oneself, and only by the new and creative use of original (to themselves) thought.
These new "lovers of consciousness" - philosophers of a new generation, mystics of the modern age - are always seeking explanations for human consciousness, and its ability to think of possibilities that had never been thought before. They realize it is not just man's capacity to think that makes him special, but his capacity to forever think anew. They have discovered that their excitement is unique to them alone, and that others have no interest at all. Today, only a few here and there carry on this long tradition of thinking about things in a way their - and most other's - natural, ordinary, common manner of thinking would never agree with. That is how they have come to like their self, to reach agreement with their self, to be able to teach themselves in a way that is hardly ever imagined or dreamed of by others.