An Aphorism conveying the importance of active listening and achieving empathy.
Hold talking, keep listening. Give some time for words to be processed into meaning.
Wait for silence, let it be, “listen” to it (meaning, evaluate it) as much as you were listening to the spoken words before.
What kind of silence is it? Is it a post-rant silence? A help-seeking silence? A comfort-needing silence? Listen to how that silence sounds.
The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
And in the naked light, I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
The song is a warning against the danger of social connections breaking down, specially due to the lack of real dialogue. This failure to communicate is not intentional, but ultimately leads to a failure to empathize and convey truthful emotions. The lyrics relate the distancing phenomenon to the modernity of television, which creates isolation.