On listening and on not listening

by Geoff Hall on 16 December 2011 with comments

Is there a difference between hearing and listening?

Yes, I believe there is.

In the Judaeo tradition, hearing was not simply an auditory act; for if you had no impediment, you could hear God speak through the prophets. However, there are many times when we are informed that they did not listen to the prophet, they did not take it to heart; they did not act upon it.

Well, that’s all well and good for God and the prophet, but what about our work as artists? How do we hear what people say about our work? How do we listen and take to heart what is said to us, often in the public domain? We must hear, but we must be wary of taking everything to heart.

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