Speaking of Arts


From the book Insearch: psychology and religion by James Hillman

“A solution that keeps the intentionality of consciousness yet forgoes its active thrust has been called the art of listening. This art has perhaps fallen into decline along with that of conversation.”

The Kindle edition I am reading was last updated in 1994. Bringing the statement forward and making it as if written in 2014 I ask, “Do you think”

A projection of sort. In 1994 I listened little. Today I feel I do more, but not enough. Still, as I project onto the world my own failings, I claim progress.

Can the world claim the same, even if a little? I think not.

Conversation on a public stage is in remission. My readings tell me that humans do worse in groups. Whatever darkness we have individually are disproportionally multiplied when ever two or more gather as one.

I propose we make listening a graduate degree. I bet those who earn it will become more valuable to corporations than lawyers.

4 thoughts on “Speaking of Arts

  1. Carole Webber June 19, 2014 / 10:31 am

    As my vision deteriorates LISTENING is my new mantra.

  2. jhvn June 19, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Before I can comment much, I need to know what Hillman is referring to. To what issue is he describing “one solution:”? What do you suppose the “active thrust” in the art of listening would be? Would it be meaningful conversation? To me, active listening must result in an honest, conscious, and reflective response to the speaker. Example: Jesus’s conversation with the woman of Samaria — John 4:26.
    Hillman is an honest, reflective Jungian. He has much to teach.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 19, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I’ve been told by a few people that I’m a good listener but I have to wonder if maybe it’s because I don’t have a lot to say.

    • fictionfitz June 20, 2014 / 5:31 am

      I like that. Your voice on the blog has a lot to say and you listen well to your responses.

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