Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Writer's Club: Changing the World

Thinking by Shelley McElhiney


The question this week is: If you had the means to change one thing about the world, what would it be?
My answer is both simple & complex, in basic terms, if I could change the world, I'd make it so that people would listen to each other. Everyone, always & when I say listen, I mean truly listen, actually hearing & processing what another person has to say. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Often people will ask questions of each other without truly listening for an answer. Why bother with asking if you're just going to assume an answer anyway. Just skip the whole question part, it's an empty shell, a pretense to what you were going to do or think, regardless of the real answer. 
People would be much happier, there would be less confusion, miscommunication  & hurt feelings if we were all better listeners. Strife would be less prevalent, maybe there would even be fewer wars, if we all regularly used our  innate ability to  listen to & process the information that  surrounds us. Maybe this has become the issue. We are surrounded by or bombarded with constant bits of information. We've shut down against everything, as a kind of defense mechanism. We've shut down too much & its become a habit. Now I'm not saying we have to absorb everything, that would be an opposite extreme, we don't have to absorb advertising, for instance, we can take or leave TV & games, as we please. They don't have to penetrate the surface of our being, but we should listen to each other & that's where it gets complicated.
So, in short, if I could change anything about the world, I would give everyone back the ability to listen to & process each other & put it into widespread, universal use. 


What about you? If you could change anything about the world, what would it be? SAM




9 comments:

Alexis of NorthOnHarper said...

I agree that we listen poorly. It is as though we are always in a rush to finish, do, that we forget to care. What a very thoughtful answer to the question on your part!

Jade said...

Great answer to a tricky questions, if people listened more the world would be a different place. I can't think of a better answer to be honest.

Have a lovely day,
Jade

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

Great answer. Thanks for stopping in today. Being a better listener is something I need to work on myself.

Johanna said...

Wow, love this concept of changing the world which I totally understand your point of view.Thanks for participating

seaoatsdesigns said...

Great thoughts, perceptions you've offered here. I would hope for deeper understanding of others needs to come from the good listening skills and the tolerance of our differences.

Anonymous said...

Dit was 'n baie goeie idee! Wil net dankie sê vir die inligting wat jy gedeel het. Net bly die skryf van hierdie soort post. Ek sal jou lojale leser word. Thanks again.

samsstuff said...

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justchildrensbooks.com said...

Listen! Ah, that is sage advice.

There are so many things I'd see changed and having people actually listen (with compassion) to others would go a long way in changing some of those things.

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I'd say just one simple word - love. If everyone had it in their lives and practiced it, we'd have a peaceful world, free of hate and jealously, the root of all evils. I know I'm at the risk of sounding corny, but that's my solution to the world's problems - love yourself and others.