We must open our eyes. Hearing is not listening. Man generally does not watch or observe what occurs around him. We see but do not observe.
In order to observe and hear our worlds- we must awaken our conscious. As we use so little of our brains- we rely purely on the functionality of the senses. Only through effort do we pay attention- often at times we now we wish to remember such as a wedding or the birth of our children. Here is where we find Ouspensky invaluable. Through the effort to remember- we actually find ourselves more awake. We observe and hear when we put effort into it.