Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
— Winston Churchill
Interesting that this wisdom comes from Churchill: he was extremely partial to speaking out, and not nearly so notable for the patience to listen to others. And yet he makes a shrewd observation. Most of us feel threatened by opposition or difference (I speak from my own experience, but by this great age know that nothing I think or feel is unique but is always shared by others), and we are far more inclined to attack than to listen. This bulldog of a man, Winston Churchill, nonetheless was aware of the importance of opening one’s mind.