Primal Doubts and All

"You understand that, don't you?"

"In Africa listening is a guiding principle. It’s a principle that’s been lost in the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else. From my own experience, I’ve noticed how much faster I have to answer a question during a TV interview than I did 10, maybe even 5, years ago. It’s as if we have completely lost the ability to listen. We talk and talk, and we end up frightened by silence, the refuge of those who are at a loss for an answer."

—From Henning Mankell’s NYTimes Op-Ed “In Africa, the Art of Listening" published on 12.10.11.

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