Is it something that has been totally lost in the haste of modern life, this endearing art of listening? Do all the things we intend to deal with really make us so ‘time poor’ that we can no longer simply listen? Everywhere we hear speakers who make many words. But where are the listeners? How seldom is it heard that someone has ‘lent his ear’ to another, who has actually paid attention to what someone else is saying.

Now consider this illustration: I lend my ear to you, my fellow human being, who has come to me with a question, a request or just the desire to speak with someone in order to deal with or deepen an experience. I cannot give it to you. When you have

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