What is missing from this picture of two individuals talking to each other? The important missing part is what often troubles our society today. These characters have no ears and yet they talk, What is the value of talk when no one is listening. When no one hears you, why do you talk. Is it the same as whistling in the dark? Who is the talk valuable to if only those who already know what you are saying, listen to you? What will the talk accomplish? Will the talk be harmful or beneficial long term. Will it firm up the positions of some while not having any affect at all on others or does it have the possibility of leading to compromise, understanding and a harmonious future?
Perhaps actions might be better than words as others can see what you do even when they are not listening. But the only way others will watch what you do is if your actions resonate with them rather than express total dissonance.
The Butterfly Effect suggests that the flight of butterfly on the other side of the world can affect your own future. Perhaps it’s time that we spread our wings and fly towards some new ideas rather than building a cocoon around our old ones that allows us to stew in our own juices while protecting us from any outside influences.
Listening and compromise are two skills that are not being taught by our society. In fact many people now believe that compromise is a bad thing or at best a necessary evil rather than being beneficial in the long term. The definition of a good deal used to be that both sides walked away happy but not too happy, now it seems that only one side may walk away happy.
It occurs to me that chlorine and sodium are by themselves potentially deadly to all life but when mixed together create something that enhances the flavor of almost everything. We must re-learn the art of mixing ideas together rather than simply dismissing them in lieu of understanding them.We must begin again to listen, compromise and accept if we are to survive as a democratic republic. And as an object lesson, as to what this means perhaps we should all look up what a democratic republic is!