In any conversation that people have, there are 3 basic “levels”. Here are those levels:
Level 1: Talking about other people. This form of conversation is the most common among humans. Usually, level 1 dialogue manifests itself in trivial gossip. Apparently, 67% of all conversations on planet Earth involve gossip of some kind. This level of conversation is noted for it lack of intellect and simplicity.
Level 2: Talking about events. This level of conversation isn’t nearly as simple-minded as Level 1 dialogue, and deals with events (for example, a conversation two people have about a trip they went on, or about a festival that took place where in the community where they live).
Level 3: Talking about ideas. This level of the conversation is the least used in our society, probably because it requires the most abstract thinking, and most people either aren’t capable of thinking at Level 3, are too lazy to do it, or haven’t even thought of doing it (which is why they remain at Level 1). Level 3 conversations typically involve ideas, such as those discussed in religion and philosophy. “Can God build a wall he can’t jump over” is an example of a Level 3 topic.
Note: Sometimes, there can be a mixture of levels; for example, a “Level 1.5″ conversation would be a discussion involving people and an event, such as a city election.
The next time you have a conversation, think about what “level” you are talking in.