This past week a retired police officer gunned down a man in a theater for texting during a movie.
He was texting his three-year-old daughter’s day care center.
Immediate reactions, including my own, supposed that the shooter was somehow mentally ill, or stressed out from a grueling career, or maybe fed up with systemic disrespect – the impoliteness of an in-theater text being the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in some sad parallel to Michael Douglas’ William Foster in Falling Down.
Read more “What If The Guy Who Shot The Mid-Movie Texter Wasn’t Crazy?”
The average person receives very little high-quality listening from other people, probably less than five or ten minutes a week.
–William Miller and Kathleen Jackson
Listening is high art.
Sure, all of us are compulsive hearers – what with all of the televisions, talking heads, and fancy record players – but few of us listen and few are ever really listened to. Apparently we’re losing the skills, or maybe the attention span, required by this cognitively demanding process. So if you care about others, or at least want to resemble a decent human being, learn how to listen.
Here are some practical steps to get you there: Read more “The Art of Listening and Giving Damns”