Listening is an Act of Love

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Lydia Finlanson, Courtney Allen, Paige Meacham, and Paige Bishop show how easy it can be to talk to each other. Photo by McCall Voigt

Lydia Finlanson, Courtney Allen, Paige Meacham, and Paige Bishop show how easy it can be to talk to each other. Photo by McCall Voigt

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. […] Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. – Mother Teresa

There are many campaigns to mitigate the problem of disconnection, isolation, and loneliness. A prominent and innovative organization addressing this issue in the United Sates is StoryCorps.

StoryCorps is a project based on the principle that “listening is an act of love.” Two people record a conversation about their dreams, experiences, pains, losses, joys, and relationships.

The conversation is recorded and archived in the Library of Congress. Some conversations are also edited and aired over the radio.

“. . . our stories–the stories of everyday people–are as interesting and as important as the celebrity stories we’re bombarded with by the media . . .,” says Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps.

A similar project is being done at Snow College. Angus Macfarlane, a service-learning student, is organizing the project as a way for people to connect personally in an age increasingly dominated by impersonal technology.

He is looking for people who want to talk to someone they care about, to ask them questions, and to listen.

The purpose of the project is to enable people to show and feel their love for each other through a recorded conversation.

Many family members and friends have already recorded conversations about their best and worst moments, about how they have changed each other’s lives, and about thousands of other shared experiences.

“Now everyone here at the college and in the community will have the same opportunity,” says Angus Macfarlane.

Please contact Angus Macfarlane to learn more and set up an appointment to record a conversation with someone that you care about. Call or text 1 435 314 0091 or email angus.j.macfarlane@gmail.com

Or, see English Brooks in the Humanities Building in room 176.

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