Respect and Dignity: A Haiku

We are unable

To summon basic respect

For views not our own

As long as we, as a culture, or as a species, struggle to summon basic respect and dignity for each other, we will fail. 

We learn more by listening then by talking 

We are quick to speak 

So often finishing 

Sentences of others 

Missing details of,

Well, everything.

By rushing, everything

Is slower.

Reality often is 

Counterintuitive, I guess. 

Slowing, focusing, listening, 

Focusing on that listening 

Listening to UNDERSTAND

Not only more productive;

Relationships built.