Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On Listening & Vietnam

Listening is hard because the more you listen, the more unsettling the world becomes. It's a lot easier just to place your hands over your ears and not listen at all.

A phenomenal article on listening (something all we public diplomats can always do a bit better) and not filtering information through our own biases (objective vs. subjective listening): Could one man have shortened the Vietnam War?

The better listener you are, the less people want to listen to you.

See under: Cassandra.

My friend Colin said: "The US and UK could've done with some listeners in Afghanistan and Iraq. You may as well substitute the word Vietnam in the text for those countries."

"History doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme" -Mark Twain

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