Purpose of Listening
My friend, Steve, misses having honest conversations with co-workers, due to our era of political and racial discourse. He believes it has become more difficult to gain understanding of other diverse views when we stop listening as soon as we learn the other person thinks differently.
In a Wall Street Journal article written by radio host, Celeste Headlee, she expresses similar concerns and has some advice for learning about others. Celeste claims, “The purpose of listening is to understand, not to determine whether someone else is right or wrong, an ally or an opponent.”
Proverbs 1:5 teaches, “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”
Be willing to listen and gain understanding, even from those with whom you disagree.
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