"The first discipline is listening. The word listening in Latin is audire. And if you listen with great attention the words are ob audire. That is the word for "obedience." The word obedience means listening.

If you are not listening, you are deaf. The Latin word for deaf is surdus, and if you're actually deaf, you're ab surdus. The "absurd" life is a life in which you're not listening. An obedient life is a life in which you are listening."

~Henri Nouwen