To listen to another person is a skill that, in my humble opinion, should be taught at school, beginning right at primary school level.
It’s such an essential exercise. Just imagine for a
second the world’s politicians ‘really’ listening to each other. That
would imply the effort of actually trying to understand what the other
one says. And that not only on an intellectual level, but on an
emotional level as well.
It’s an inherently risky business, because the better
I understand my ‘opponent’, the greater the risk that I actually
would have to agree with him/her, at least partially.
Imagine the prime ministers of India and Pakistan
doing just that. Or, in the United States, a Democrat and a member of
the Tea-Party movement.
Imagine for a second that both sides would have to
repeat, in their own words, what their ‘opponent’ said. And not only
that, but they would have to explain it even better than the ‘other’ was
able to express it.
World Peace would be at hand!