“One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.”
Franklin P. Jones, Reporter & Humorist
Most discussions about listening are centered on listening to another person. Rarely, do we consider are capacity to hear our own voice. Many times, we believe others before we trust our judgment or intuition. How foolish we are.
Duane Michals, American photographer known for his innovative use of photo-sequences and incorporating text to examine emotions and philosophy, once said, “Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘wouldn’t it be interesting if…’ and then do it.”
Let’s do it!
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
Equality is straightforward. Winston Churchill once said, “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.” Equality is one of those single words that embodies a “great” concept that appeals to our emotional sensibilities. But its true meaning can only be fully understood and integrated within our lives through action. Experience is a rigorous taskmaster. Khalil Gibran wrote, “Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.” When we walk with others, we embrace their needs as our own.
Perhaps, it really is that simple.
“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, scepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”
Vincent van Gogh