18.4.15

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble.

To listen to another person is a skill that, in my humble opinion, should be taught at school, beginning right at primary school level.

It’s such an essential exercise. Just imagine for a second the world’s politicians ‘really’ listening to each other. That would imply the effort of actually trying to understand what the other one says. And that not only on an intellectual level, but on an emotional level as well.

It’s an inherently risky business, because the better I understand my ‘opponent’, the greater the risk that I actually would have to agree with him/her, at least partially.

Imagine the prime ministers of India and Pakistan doing just that. Or, in the United States, a Democrat and a member of the Tea-Party movement.

Imagine for a second that both sides would have to repeat, in their own words, what their ‘opponent’ said. And not only that, but they would have to explain it even better than the ‘other’ was able to express it.

World Peace would be at hand!

1 comment:

  1. Very positve but I am afraid stll another "if only" story. Well written.

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