Listening as a Tool for Peace
Celeste Headlee offered a fantastic TEDTalk on "10 ways to have a better conversation."
But honestly, her commentary went beyond how to have a better conversation. She pointed out that with the increasing polarization of ideas that we are experiencing, we have become even poorer conversationalists due to our lack of listening and trying to understand what other people are saying. This especially includes other people who do not share the same beliefs or ideas that we do.
When we refuse to listen to others, we continue the polarization and find no agreement. We divide ourselves from others who also want good, but have different ideas of what that looks like. Without being able to come to a consensus, and instead by alienating anyone who thinks differently, we can't solve the problems that plague us.
Give this clip a listen and let me know what you think.