The world is at a real deficit for people who know how to listen well. I have found that my closest friends, and the men who I become most attracted to, are the ones who are good listeners.
Nothing is more self-centered than a person who won't let you get a word in edgewise, or who will listen to you speak, then completely change the subject on their next breath. Usually that breath involves them in some way. They then take the conversation and run down the street with it.
I love good conversation, as I've mentioned before. Nothing is more satisfying than a mutual exchange of ideas. More often though, it's someone whose off-switch is not working, or whose thought process is revolving entirely around themselves. Or they pretend to listen, then respond with a simple-ass 'uh-huh.' Gee thanks.
If this blog accomplishes nothing else, I hope it will accomplish the goal of restoring some decency and courtesy to our modern world.