Every now and then, when I go the library for something to read, I stroll the shelves looking for authors I have never heard of or read. Recently I picked up a collection of short stories by Barbara Kingsolver. The first story is titled “Homeland” and is about a Native American Family. The grandmother is called “Great Mam.” She makes a comment that caught my attention. She is talking to her young granddaughter about arguing to prove your point of view, to win the argument. Great Mam makes this comment:
“In the old days,” she said, “whoever spoke the quietest would win the argument.”
These twelve words quietly spoken to a small child are worthy of a few moments of your time.