Make sure you listen; it’s harder than you think

Oct. 20, 2014

Scribe Staff
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It would make sense for this to be an editorial about the importance of voting.

It would make sense if this piece explained the crucial role voting plays in our democracy and how important it is for you to express your opinion through the democratic process.

Sometimes, we don’t make sense.

This isn’t about voting, it’s about listening.

One of the main takeaways from the college experience should be the ability to think critically. And the first step to thinking critically is to listen.

Hearing is a biological trait. To really listen, however, is a skill. It takes practice, just like any other skill you develop. It takes effort, too.

Smiling and nodding does not constitute listening.

And The Scribe is not here to smile and nod. We are critical listeners, always on the lookout for issues that concern students and our interests.

We all have to be able to look at things with a critical eye, as humans (especially politicians) are practiced in the art of putting up smokescreens, distracting us from the real issue with obnoxious amounts of words and subtle subject changes.

No matter your political leanings, make sure that you listen to what your representatives have to say.

From all the noise, pick out the things that matter to you and make your judgment based on those.

So start to listen, it’s amazing what you might here.