I was taught that what distinguishes us human beings from animals is that human beings have the power of reflection on our own consciousness, we know that we know.
Freud said that a person can either talk things out or act things out.
The process of becoming conscious, of raising our consciousness is one of witnessing.
These ideas have manifested in every day life in cliche's like "hasn't got a clue", "being in left field", "is in denial" on the one hand to "being with it", "being tuned in", "hip to what's happening", "having it together" on the other. As Phil McGraw points out in his book, Life Strategies, one of the most important things that make people successful is "getting it." As he points out, some people just don't get it.
Do you have a witness to your life? Is there somebody in your life who "get's it", who understands what's going on with you, who understands your struggles as well has your hopes and dreams, and your successes. One of the things that make life satisfying is having a witness. Also, being a witness to the life of another may be one of the most precious gifts we can give to another especially when that person is in pain.
What we as humans want most of all is validation, the idea that someone understands and cares.
Check out the link below if you are interested in more information on witnessing. I will discuss this topic futher in future articles.