The art of listening is fast disappearing into the realms of extinction together with the dodo and the sabre toothed tiger. We simply don’t have time to listen any more – we’re far too busy talking! We’re constantly sending out messages – with mobile phones, emails, faxes, videos and so on.
Our technological advances in communication are so sophisticated that we are even communicating on an interplanetary level. Right now projects like Seti are broadcasting messages to outer space – Hello someone!
Fascinating no doubt. Unfortunately our ability to listen hasn’t kept up with our technology. In fact our listening skills were at their best when as spellbound clansmen we listened to skin-clad hunters relating their adventures around the cave fire.
Our listening skills have certainly deteriorated since then.
Our Capacity to Listen
The reason is that our capacity to listen has been drowned out by the noise of our civilization. Noise has become so loud and obtrusive that we automatically shut it out till we can no longer hear it.