This quote almost doesn’t need an explanation. I know I have been guilty of this many times. And while it is good to anticipate the thrust of what is being said to us, preparing our own speech in rebuttal is not really listening at all, and we end up talking at cross-purposes. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that we should not have some idea of how what is being said ties in with our current view of the universe, or of the matter in hand. Equally, if we wait until somebody has finished talking before we begin to formulate our response, we may appear as slow-witted. But we should certainly be open to what is being said, and to change our views as necessary.
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