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The Art of Listening – une œuvre abstraite


When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. – Dalai Lama

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I love the traditional Chinese character for listening. If you break it down, you will see elements of ears, eyes, undivided attention, and heart.

I have listened to countless stories of families decimated by the Khmer Rouge during the years of 1975-1979. I have heard innumerable slurs, degrading remarks, and generalised judgments about certain ethnic groups residing in Cambodia. I have seen vitriol commentary hurled back and forth aimed at both sides of the political spectrum that wields its power in Phnom Penh. I have participated in many meetings expressing the voices of indigenous communities torn off their land and forced to survive on nothing in Cambodia’s northeast. I have sat with garment workers whose colleagues were shot in front of them for protesting for a small pay raise. Listening is so overwhelming.

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