Understanding and the danger of misunderstanding

Listening is a skill that as a species we have much to learn. Listening is only part of the process and while we do, understanding is definitely needed. The importance of understanding what is said is key or communication breaks down.

I am not saying that I haven’t misunderstood things I’ve heard before but what is heard and what is said can be two different things. Sometimes it’s just mishearing or it is a complete misunderstanding of what was said.

The danger comes in many forms but the prime one is how we interact with others. If only telepathy was a thing. Or maybe not. Would you be willing to share with others your darkest secrets? Did I misunderstand what was said? I believe so. Did I know I would make a mistake? No. Do I know what next? Absolutely not. That’s the fun of life.