The parrot and its owner

A parrot and its owner don’t have the same understanding of what is said, even though the words are the same.

As a writer, I need to remind myself to not take others’ parroting at face value, and to actively avoid parroting without understanding something myself.

I do both more than I would like, but my best work comes when I ask myself whether what I’m hearing is true or if I’m listening to someone parroting what they have heard but do not understand.

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