Pay Attention!


 

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People are not listening anymore. I believe it has been like this for quite a while. Everyone is bent on doing what they feel is the right thing to do. Everyone seems to have a point to prove. So, we will always have groups and associations linked by common interests. We tend to connect with people who are willing to hear what we have to say and support our cause.

Everybody wants to be heard, but nobody seems to be listening. It gets even worse when people with different views from yours are now seen as “the opposition”. So, we will always see one group rallying against the other group, even to the point of inflicting bodily harm just to prove a point. Dissatisfied persons will still gang up to form more groups and the cycle continues. “REPEAT” seems to be the overriding motto in whatever constitution of manifesto they live by. So, we will always see the same scenarios playing out over and over throughout history.

There is definitely a disconnect in all these societal chaos. The situation may seem inexplicable, even insurmountable, with no headway in sight, yet the answer, as always, has been staring us in the face for generations. Pay Attention!

It seems to have eluded us that the same things we do require from others, are the very same things we are also found wanting. I do not think there is anything wrong with people having different views and standpoints about various aspects of life. In fact, it is a welcome development, because without it, there won’t be considerable growth and progress. However, what I find disheartening is our inability to accept or even consider the standpoint of others. Even personal relationships of all kinds are not left out. This has degenerated to the level where we find our society today. We can definitely do better, so we can see a lot less crisis every day.

Some level of sense can be found in every nonsense. Paying attention to the views of others can help us empathize, and possibly become more constructively responsive and proactive, rather than destructively resistive and reactive. This of course applies to people from all walks of life. Thus, different standpoints can actually be a fertile ground for pooling various ideas which can be harnessed, filtered, and employed positively for the overall good of the society. Don’t you think it would be an extremely monotonous, unexciting and uninteresting world if we had only one viewpoint to live by?

As always, listening to both sides of the divide is a great step towards having a balanced understanding of the prevailing situation, which will drive a more proactive stance in managing issues, which will consider all sides of the equation, thus achieving a cohesive front which is always stronger and beneficial than a divided front, as we do see today.

What more can be said about these things? Pay Attention!

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Ndifreke Efiok Akpan

Creative Writer.

59 Replies to “Pay Attention!”

  1. I agree. Pay attention and preserve free speech. Keep an open mind. The question is how do we handle ugly and hurtful opinions? When someone is expressing hateful, oppressive thoughts, if we don’t listen, are they heard? If they are not heard, are they nullified?

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    1. Hmmmm…. Food for thought.😄😄 Like you said, keeping an open mind is key. But this involves mutual commitment by both parties, to find a common ground for the best way forward. Hopefully, more people will get to see it in this manner.

      Thank you so much for your insightful comments. Do have a great day!🌺🌺

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        1. Exactly! Since they don’t accept the message, or even try to see reason, that is why we are in a stalemate. It’s very challenging. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Hussein. I appreciate it.👍

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    1. Absolutely! That’s an insightful quote. Honestly, it’s about time we change our attitudes and work as a team by listening to understand first, before replying constructively.

      Thanks Eugenia! Do have a great weekend!🌷

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  2. Agreed. But if change is to be, it’s up to me. Needs to become a mission of each individual.
    Here’s a reply I left for a friend who was also talking about polarization of “values.”
    In my opinion the one “value” we fail to place its due importance is to love one another.
    Here’s my reply.
    “Be the change you desire-spreading hate just fuels the fire. Try instead, if we might, to live in peace, harmony, and light. To love and be loved, no fear, no spite.”
    Shawn Langwell
    Shawnlangwlel.com

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    1. I agree with you. Listening is becoming much more difficult, and ego is a key factor too. Growing up, who would have thought listening would be this challenging?😉😉

      Your insightful comments as always are truly appreciated. Thank you so much, and stay blessed.🌷

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  3. This is such a poignant post, especially considering the state of the world at the moment. I am about to start studying Philosophy at University, and the main principle we learn is to always be open-minded and look at both sides of the argument. The trouble seems to be nowadays, as you point out, that people are too blinkered and won’t even engage in a reasonable debate – it’s just ‘I’m right, you’re wrong.’ Great post! 🙂

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    1. You are right! It’s much more about self and interests, rather than the common good. It’s really sad.

      I like Philosophy. It helps one have a balanced view about things. I am happy for you.👍

      Thanks for visiting and reading. Your insightful comments are truly appreciated. Do take care and have a great time. Blessings!👍👍

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  4. This was a good post. I think many of us are wondering, “WHEN did our world become so volatile,” and as you mentioned “unwilling to listen” to someone else’s opinion. It seems to me that democracy is now turning into dictatorship type of conversations. It’s very sad.

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    1. Yes, that’s how it seems. Dictatorship in disguise. It’s a really sad situation that is getting us no where.

      Great comment as always. Thank you for reading. I truly appreciate. Blessings!🌷

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  5. Thanks for 👍 on my comment appreciated … You are so right about everyone not listening with our ❤️ but too self opinionated and always right when they are sometimes wrong … Even we they realise … But so often l hear people say how great they are and never make mistakes … Then all of a sudden they drop something or make an error … This l believe is God trying to teach us to be more humble … Amen 🙏 Ian

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    1. Absolutely, Ian. Most people can’t seem to understand that there is a world outside their own views and opinions. But we’re only humans and fallible. That’s why we need each other to stand strong and move forward.

      I really appreciate your great comments. And thanks for the reblog once again. Remain blessed always!👍👍

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    1. Aawww, that’s really cool. I hope it reaches a wide range of people, and inspire us in a positive way.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, read, and reblog this. I will sure check out your blog too.👍👍

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  6. This is great. Messages of hope are so very necessary today.
    Interesting.. I find your writing style similar to mine, yet our names suggest completely different nations. U.S.. how about you?
    Irish Descent.. and you?
    Check my Facebook – A Gift of Faith
    to see if you feel the same about the styles
    Enjoy your posts.

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    1. Yes, Arlene, we do need messages of hope in these times. So much is happening.

      I’m Nigerian. An African who loves to write. It’s truly amazing how writing cuts across borders and relate with people all over the world. I will check your Facebook page to see the similarity in our writing style.

      I guess you are back from Mom’s. Hope she’s doing good. Did you get to see the eclipse early this week? I watched it on CNN. Amazing it was. I hope you feel a lot better, and recuperating good. Do take it easy ok. I’ve got you in my prayers. The Lord is your strength!

      Thank you so much for visiting and reading. I’m glad you enjoy my posts. I look forward to reading more from your blog.

      Warm regards!🌷🌷

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