Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Most Revolutionary Act Of All

It's easy, it's simple, and anyone can do it.

Ask somebody "What do you think?" today. Then wait three seconds.

This tells them that somebody values their opinion. It tells them that their opinions matter and that so do they. It gives them permission to spout, permission to exist. It gives them human attention, a precious commodity. They will seek it forever.

It also sets up a model for their own behavior. They learn that they can get attention by giving attention. Ask them their thoughts often enough and sooner or later they will begin asking others the same question.

Remember to wait for an answer.

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