“The itch to write is only satisfied by the scratch of the pen”– Franz Kafka
I believe in the power of words. Words can hurt or heal, humiliate or comfort, but when put to their best purpose they can comfort and teach. However, in order to reap the full benefit of healing, comforting, and educating words, we first need to listen. I’d like to quote Bob Matthews, a friend of mine from my old parish, a retired high school teacher who taught Sunday school at our church. When his students’ attention span began to wane and they began talking out of turn Bob asked, “Do you know why God gave you two ears but only one mouth?” The kids looked at each other, then at him, shrugging there shoulders, dumbfounded. I’ll never forget Bob’s answer, “Because he wants you to listen twice as much as you speak.” Unfortunately, we’re not listening to each other, these days. Instead we’re talking, make that shouting, at each other. At least that’s the way I see the National dialog.
I will be writing about a variety of subjects including, writing, music, art, religion, and public policy, and when I’m writing on any of these topics, I will maintain an objective, civil tone, and I hope that whoever takes the time to leave comments on this blog does the same. Who knows, maybe we can start a trend.