I'm beginning to think what people mean by abstract is:
"Do you find the same things interesting that I find interesting?"
Example: I'm trying to wrap my Ti-starved brain around the basic mechanics of this financial crisis. So I'm putzing around on teh internetz trying to find out what the hell is going on. I run into this godawful stuff about collateralized mortgage obligation CMO and my vision went a little blurry. I tried to finish it, but I just couldn't. Now if I ran across a person (let's say this person is an INT) and they started talking to me about it I'd politely listen for a few bars then I'd just have to change the subject or get out of the conversation. I'm sorry, I don't care about that particular vein of conversation.
Now if the conversation mutated over to the effect of the financial crisis on people and all that good Fe stuff my interest would probably spring to the surface and I'd be willing to entertain more "abstract" musings concerning this aspect of the topic.
I wonder do people think it's possible to pull an abstract quality out of virtually any topic. Take these subjects and make an abstract conversation about it:
- Kitchen appliances/power tools
- Toilet paper
- Mental illness
I've had some great conversations about kitchen appliances and toilet paper.