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Ancient Greeks: Zeno of Citium on Listening

Ancient Greeks: Zeno of Citium on Listening

The reason why we have two ears
and only one mouth is that we may
listen the more and talk the less.

~ Solon


Zeno of Citium, (born c. 336 bce—died c. 265 bce), was the founder of the Stoic School of philosophy in Athens which taught that the Logos (Universal Reason) was the greatest good in life and living in accordance with reason was the purpose of human life. If one lived according to the instinct of impulse and passion, one was no more than an animal; if one lived in accordance with universal reason, one was truly a human being living a worthwhile existence.” ~ Ancient History Encyclopedia

READ MORE: Zeno of Citium | Ancient History Encyclopedia


Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?

Our fears and prejudices come from not understanding others. Listen for what you both hold in common. All humans are much more alike than different, and from that basis, you may rationally discuss any interesting contrasts.

That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?


Ancient Greek Wisdom  

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

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