In her New York Times profile of Mister Rogers Jeanne Marie Laskas describes the end of an interview:

When we were saying goodbye, I thanked him for all he had taught me.

"I think that it is very important to learn that you get that largely because of who you are," he said. "I could be saying the same words and giving the same thoughts to somebody else who could be thinking something very different."

I remember protesting. I was just trying to say thank you.

... such a brilliant observation by Fred Rogers! It's so easy to talk, so hard to hear. There are two ends to every communications channel, both with great responsibility. Each listener gets a different message. And turning the question around — "reversing the arrows" in the Category Theory metaphor — can highlight opportunities on all sides.

(cf Reader as Performer (1999-06-10), Worth Writing Well (2016-08-17), Language, Science, Art (2018-05-24), Receiving (2019-12-22), ...) - ^z - 2020-01-17