The reason we struggle so much to listen to what others have to say is because we think we know better than the person talking to us.
Because we are locked in with of how we see the world around us, we are quick to dismiss narratives that are contrary to the story we tell ourselves.
As a result, we miss opportunities of possibility because we are too afraid of the state of incompetence–not knowing what happens next.
Fear of groundlessness is one of our greatest fears. We want to know the effect after the cause. And since we can’t predict our future, we do our best to make one up. A self-fulfilling prophesy–actions fuel believes that then cause us to react that then reinforce our believes. And on, and on, and on.