The reason why they don't understand what I say is that they don't try to understand me.

Jhumpa Lahiri



The Indian-American writer says that the reason why they do't try to understand me is that "they don't want to accept me," that they can ignore me and that they don't have to take me into consideration. Words only reach the ears that want to listen. No matter how much you appeal to both logic and feeling, nothing can get through to those who are not interested. Because listening to other people is to respect them as a person. From the same essay collection as yesterday, "In Altre Parole" (translated by Hiroo Nakajima).


"December 14  2018

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"