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We Need Mister Rogers
July 16, 2018
Leaders act decisively in the absence of certainty.
-Bertrand Russell

In his article, “Seven Reasons We Need Mister Rogers More Than Ever,’ Paul Asay describes how Fred Rogers demonstrated the profound power of truly listening to one another:

“He listened to those around him—no matter how young they were, no matter what they said. Children might tell him something funny. Or tragic. Or profound. He treated each missive as a gift…

I used to think of myself as a good listener. I’m not so sure anymore. I ‘talk’ for a living, here and elsewhere. And sometimes, even when I’m listening to the people most precious in my life, I feel my attention wander. I can feel my eyes darting, looking for the next distraction; search the conversation for another opportunity to let folks know what I think. How many times have I lost an opportunity to listen and learn? How many moments have I lost to create a greater connection? More broadly, how many of our societal ills and angsts could be treated and even healed through just… listening? I think we’d be surprised.”

Source: “Seven Reasons Why We Need Mister Rogers More Than Ever,” by Paul Asay, June 6, 2018, Patheos.com

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Arlene DeCicco
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States
07/16/2018 10:55 am

Very true article, as we as adults can always learn more by listening to our children - along with being helpful to a child as an another confidence builder.

Aren Stone
Somerville, MA, United States
07/16/2018 05:18 am

I love Mr. Rogers and I agree with the article. Still, I'm disappointed to see an article framed with a religious perspective here. Mr. Rogers is getting a lot of worthy attention now because of the documentary. There are many other nonreligious articles about his work to choose from, I'm sure, even if they include informationon his own faith. I have nothing against religion; I just don't think verses from the Bible (one religion's Bible) belong in what is supposed to be a nonreligious site..

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