Someone - anyone - really paying attention to you is, in effect, offering you an outlet for self-expression. The opposite is also true: Someone - anyone - not paying attention to you is basically telling you to keep quiet.
Isn't this the trouble we face as a democracy? Individual voices that are not attended to, feeling forced to take to the streets as a mob in order for someone to hear what they have to say.
This morning I was describing to a neighbor the work I do with a blind, autistic, and severely developmentally-challenged young man. The only thing I can really accomplish with him is to convey the power of listening and of being listened to. Everything follows from there.