Listening

Oh, yes, we’re great talkers these days. We “message” and “text,” we send long emails and videos. We crow about what it means for “the whole world to be connected.” And then we listen to no one but ourselves.

Conversation has become a lost art in this wired world, this communication bonanza we’re in. Now it’s simply a matter of learning to interrupt our way around the world, or of shouting over the tops of everyone else’s comments to be the center of attention, the control chief of the conversation. Or better yet, when we get caught in that kind of a pseudo-conversation, we can just forget it, buy a good book, and quit trying.
So, what to do? Find a pet?
Joan Chittister, OSB

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