I listen to a lot of talk on the radio and an occasional podcast. I know people who listen to others talking when they drive, ride bicycles, workout, or prepare meals. Many of us watch editorialized news that confirms our view of the world. This is sometimes mistaken for thinking. Experience teaches than thinking only begins when we hear something that doesn’t agree with our views. Otherwise, it is indoctrination.
Regular readers will know that I write a lot about talk. There is no substitute for hearing the words of another human being who is walking through this world with a different set of eyes and experiences. But there is more to talking than just making words. There are a couple of things that make talk worthwhile.