Washington (CNN) - I confess, I've met Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
I met them a number of years ago. Yes, at a Washington party - I don't think they were crashing that time, as they've been accused of crashing a White House state dinner in November.
Then it was a reception for a well-known Italian designer-type, one in which people put on the one item they own by that label, one that I'm a little embarrassed to admit to have attended.
At first, they seemed like a normal couple, but minutes into our conversation it became clear to me that there was something a little different about the pair.
Interesting story. But mind you, scary too! It just shows how superficial and materialistic we have become with our dealings with people. We accept people because they are in the same crowd but not because of their merits/value. Nowadays, relationships and acquaintances are forged not because they make us feel right but rather, we believe in the "groupie" theme which makes it right for the sake of an artificial societal norm. Meeting people now is like "What I can do for you..." versus " I am....". True, "narcissism" could have easily been the culprit. Or pehaps, the Salahi's decoded the power of "manipulation" on how to elicit the correct response from our society's predictability, stereotypes, and bias.
One has to wonder....What is the point in conversation if you don't even know if it is real. Another life's dilemma. I suppose we just have to grope in the dark, wear glasses (for a branded image look), and feel which one is real, which one is worthy, and which one is made of silicon. On a bright note, it is just conversation not a debate and not a dialogue. It'll just come and go. Or so we thought...