Every Body Needs Ears

“If Christians are to function as the body of Christ, we will need to foster stronger and more intimate connections with each other. To do this, we will need to learn to listen. Listening to each other will be greatly facilitated by our no longer viewing each other as threats to our well-being. Within the dominant culture that emphasized self-sufficiency and autonomy, there is little reason for us to listen to each other. Why should I listen to you? I don’t want to hear about the good things that have happened in your life; they just make me more depressed about my own lack of accomplishment. I don’t want to listen to your problems; I have my own. Nor do I care to listen to your advice or admonition; I can take care of my own problems by myself.”
Philip Kenneson from Life on the Vine , p. 149