COMMUNICATION 102: A Lesson in Listening

I read the conversation between an atheist and a renowned Christian who is also an intellectual and I realized how much knowledge we have attained as a church and how much such height of knowledge might be costing us.

In the conversation, the atheist asked some questions and the Christian intellectual gave responses that I cannot help but say fell short of the right answers. It appeared to me that the great Christian intellectual just wanted to ‘fix’ the error of this atheist so much so that he lost him in the process.

Lesson one: People don’t want to be fixed, they want to be heard. They might NEED fixing, but it’s next to impossible to meet a ‘need’ that is veiled with a ‘want’ without first meeting that ‘want’.

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Living Ethically

“I don’t know which is more disturbing, that everyone has their price, or that their price is always so low?”
~Bill Watterson~

Is there a bench mark, is there a height mark beyond which all our moral values collapse?

Do your principles have a price tag? Is there a point at which you will gladly abandon a belief for the ‘right reward’?

This is the question we must answer in a world of constantly shifting grounds.

Or else, how do you measure progress or regress in a world where there are no absolutes, where everything is moving and we are in a constant struggle? It is for this reason of inconsistency that we need absolutes in our lives. That’s what ethics and principles are – absolutes or benchmarks upon which we measure our lives, whether we progress or regress.

But unfortunately, the human nature can be discussing ethics at one moment and be duplicitous at the same time.

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