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Modern Reformation Conversations--Practically Pulled
Having spent most of my life in school, taking notes has become an almost pathological habit of mine--it doesn't matter if I'm at a lecture, morning worship, in a classroom, or an informal talk; if someone is speaking in an official capacity, out comes the notebook and pen. The result is a nicely organized outline and a mind utterly unburdened with any remembrance of what was just said. I get so pre-occupied with my understanding of what the speaker is saying, that I completely ignore what it is he's saying--I'm not receiving; I'm appropriating. There's nothing necessarily wrong with that--I want to understand what I hear--but if I become so focused on comprehending that I stop listening, that's a problem.
According to certain authors, I'm not the only one who does this--Americans in general are especially prone to focusing on what we can get out of a thing, rather than understanding the thing in itself. It turns out that there's an explanation for this--we sat down with White Horse Inn producer Shane Rosenthal and asked him why it is that we're so drawn toward the active life, and got some very interesting answers.