Of recent, I have learned that not only am I an avid writer who strives to reach people with my thoughts, but with my voice. After getting a glimpse of my spring courses, I have a few similar themes across the board. As I explore various platforms and the corresponding intended audiences, I have reestablished a conclusion formed at the beginning of time though it remains an epidemic disparity. 

We do not communicate effectively. Nobody is talking about how we aren’t talking. We aren’t listening. We are responding, refusing, refraining from discussing predominate issues or worse, belittling and manipulating those that may take an opposing side. We will only continue to polarize a nation called America who is untied rather than united.

Is it so immoral to want justice and empathy simultaneously? Think of the affluence we could gain if our influence was progressive. A confidence in cognizance because knowledge is indeed a powerful tool when we decide to lower our weapons laced with predisposition and ignorance.  

Maybe it is rocket science, but it does not have to be.

It is time we start focusing on how we can benefit by working together rather than against one another.

As an individual, here are a few ways to, rhetorically speaking of course, not be a complete asshole. These tips go far beyond group projects and our daily institutional interactions at school and work, this applies to You. Yea, You. Capitalized because you are important and so is your voice. Now that I have your attention…

1.  Think about your audience and how your conversation will be either effective or ineffective.

2.  Be honest with your intentions with others regardless of the relationship.

3.  Be an active listener. 

4.  Keep learning, keep growing. Extend your perspective. At the very least, you’ll reestablish faith in your initial belief.

​SIERRA HOBSON is a blogger for Videtteonline.com. Contact her at srhobso@ilstu.edu. Follow her on twitter @hobson_sierra.

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