The infinite listener

Infinite speakers must wait to see what is done with their language by the listeners before they can know what they have said.*
(James Carse)

Yesterday I was involved in a conversation about a university listening project.

We all listen but how?

Sometimes listening means being aware of what others are saying and ignoring them.

It can mean listening to a different point of view in order to argue a better point of view.

Another form of listening puts arguments aside and is simply curious about the other.

Then there’s listening for the response of the other to know whether what we have said opens possibility for both ourselves and the other, to know, to feel and to act.

This is infinite listening and all are able to develop this capacity.

(*From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)

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