You Hear But You Don’t Listen


“Very few of us really know how to listen.” Discuss why you agree or disagree with this statement.

If I was asked to highlight one key word in this question it would be “listen”. Why? Because I believe there is a HUGE difference between ones ability to hear and ones ability to listen. That’s what I think this question is all about. Anyone can hear words being said but it takes a rare talent to be able to listen, to be able to understand, to be able to read between the lines and last but not least, to be able to realise the importance of it all.

First of all, I would like to emphasise on the crucial part of realising the difference. As I’ve said above, to hear does not mean to listen. It is said the definitional difference to the word listen means to hear with intention, to give particular and close attention to…well just about anything. I would say that this definition is precisely right. If a person has the characteristics of being able to listen rather then merely hear, then it makes you stand out in a crowd.

To proceed with the topic, it’s rather similar to when a person says you see but you don’t observe. So when you relate these, it means a person is not aware of a certain something. It means that a person has turned a blind eye to things without it realising it. It’s essential for a person to understand the meaning from the meaning itself, to be able to see the oasis in the desert.

To be able to listen means you’re able to do more then just hear, it means to hear more then what others hear. Also I believe to listen could possibly mean to hear what others says and to take their advice, not to take anything for granted. Adding on to that, I also believe it means that if you hear but don’t listen, then it means you simply do not get the point of it all.


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