That is certainly one way to look at it. For our part, we’d settle for our physician looking up from her laptop occasionally while recording our evasive answers to her questions during our annual physical; for our colleagues not blatantly checking their text messages during meetings; for the dog not treating our commands as negotiating points; for the kids refraining from letting their eyes glaze over when we are relating an anecdote to make a salient point about their future conduct, even if they have heard said anecdote a couple of times before.
Most of all, though, we would like to promote sound listening habits as a way to cut down on the tide of communication, both oral and digital, that is rapidly approaching flood stage. After all, listening carefully largely precludes talking at the same time, even for adept multitaskers. And who doubts that the world would be a better place with a 30 percent reduction in chatter, including our own?
-- The Valley News of Lebanon (N.H.), July 10, 2013