“They taught me that even the most resistant learner is often teachable, and that listening is as important a skill to bring to the classroom as speaking is. They taught me that trying harder is part and parcel of teaching, even when success is elusive,” (183).
Good advice for any teachers, whether you are an official teacher or not!
“It reminds us that communication is the only avenue to redemption. As King Lear himself learned, if we enter dialogue wearing too much armor we will be incapable of hearing other voices. Our own voice will jangle in our heads; our own perspective, when heard as an incessant solo voice, unmitigated by the suffering of others, will terminate in madness,” (257).
Seriously, this is the essence of why we should not keep our thoughts to ourselves. It will only harm ourselves in the end. Call a friend when you are feeling sad!