"Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events and great minds discuss ideas."
I am not sure who quoted that but it does underline that one must, in order to impart some meaning and purpose to existence, break out from gossip and move onto a higher plane of thinking. I feel that the intermediate stage is crucial in setting up the processes that aid great minds in assimilating and absorbing the essence of ideas that are exchanged. Exchanging ideas with an immature dolt can bring no greater good as that person lacks these processes to think and act upon what he is being told.
What are your thoughts on the issue, anything that I missed out on?