Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 15, 2012

Alex Sniffen

Sophomore, History Major with a Specialization in International Relations

Jas 1:19-27
Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Mk 8:22-26

As it shows in my profile, I am a history student at Creighton, specializing in international relations. The readings that have been assigned for today speak to me in a historical perspective. At the height of the Cold War, the world was stricken by paranoia and cursed with a tendency to quickly point fingers at others with whom they did not necessarily agree. With two superpowers prepared to sacrifice the world, there was never another time where a voice of patience was so necessary to diffuse a situation.

This patience is exactly what the readings speak to. In today’s society many people are constantly on the move, determined to get to their next job or to simply get home. This not only removes their ability to see the full extent of the world, but also greatly reduces how much time people take to stop and listen to others. I am guilty of this on occasion, an I become so focused on the task at hand that I do not take the time to hear the opinions of others that could drastically improve what I am trying to accomplish. The ability to listen, to understand, and to comprehend what you are hearing is truly necessary. This is something that many people in power seem to be lacking in modern times. It does not lead to the best decisions, nor is it beneficial to the accomplishments people are trying to achieve. Success requires the ability to be patient with others and to listen to the opinions of those who do not agree with us.

At this time in the development of the world and a global society, the ability to listen and comprehend has never been more crucial. To give someone the benefit of the doubt, to take time to hear their story and to reflect on it is something that is not given enough focus, and its neglect has led to many mistakes and distresses. In the end, compromise is formed through listening to our peers, colleagues, and helping others with their problems through our own abilities to listen and care. Having the patience to do so will lead to doors opening, which is much more effective than trying to break them down with ignorance and stubborn ideology.

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