The disciple asked the master: “What should a decent and respectful human being do to understand the real-world situation? What makes a human being out-of-touch with reality?”
After a few moments of quiet stillness the master answered: “Always listen wholeheartedly to both sides and you will be enlightened; listen to only one side and you will be left in the dark.”
Source | Unknown.
This rendition is as adapted and retold by Philip Chircop sj.
I am told that the Chinese symbol for “listening” is made of two main characters, one depicting the ears and the other depicting the heart. To really listen one must not only use both ears but also the heart! To really listen one be fully present, wholeheartedly, offering undivided attention to the other.
What do you hear when you listen to the one you love or to the one you consider to be your enemy? Are you engaged in active listening?