i love listening. it is one of the only spaces where you can be still and moved at the same time.
“The way human beings speak is so heartbreaking to me—we never sound the way we want to sound. We’re always stopping ourselves in mid–sentence because we’re so terrified of saying the wrong thing. Speaking is a kind of misery. And I guess I comfort myself by finding the rhythms and accidental poetry in everyone’s inadequate attempts to articulate their thoughts. We’re all sort of quietly suffering as we go about our days, trying and failing to communicate to other people what we want and what we believe.”
"unfortunately, our modern culture is in danger of producing a future where there is less listening. at the same time, there is a tendency to indulge in self-expression. it seems that we must all have an opinion."
"the art of good conversation can become the method by which we work to shift our current story of isolation and numbness to one of curiosity and participation."
"wisdom is that which is free from ignorance. it is the state of cognizance, or pure knowing. this wisdom is said to be the inherent nature of our own minds. at a primordial level, we know that we are free of ignorance. here, instead of dwelling in a perpetual state of not knowing, we simply know. when we come to this deep understanding, we realize that thoughts are pure expression of this wisdom. then, when we speak, the words we utter come from a place of knowing."
"unlike knowledge, wisdom doesn't need to be learned; it is inherent. inherently, humans understand that contact and exchange is good, and therefore that humanity is good. engaging in conversation demonstrates our trust in that goodness. we know that conversation is not a waste of time. as we connect in the moment, we are inheritors of human wisdom throughout the ages, which is respect for others and society. we are laying the foundation for the future of society and humanity as a whole."
"finally, what makes good conversation great is wisdom—the wisdom to see your world. wisdom understands that the premise of the conversation is much broader in scope than the simple give-and-take of words. it understands that conversation doesn't necessarily need a point. it recognizes that through having conversation, humanity is always feeling its own worth, within which wisdom itself."