something william lambert described to me, which i thought was fascinating..
when you're listening to somebody, you're resting your attention in them, giving them the time of day to listen to what they have to say, making the effort, giving the space for it. it's an act of love. even if it's two enemies arguing- the fact that they pause to listen to what the other person has to say, is an act of love. to be receptive of new information from another conscious mind, no matter the subject or context, is an act of love.