The Virtue of Silence

The Virtue of Silence

“The Sound of Silence” was a hit song for Simon and Garfunkel decades ago. Recently, the rock band Disturbed had success with a cover of the song.

But what does silence sound like? It may sound like an oxymoron, but the truth is that it’s so hard to identify silence in today’s world.

Silence isn’t just the absence of audible noise; it’s the absence of all noise, including information bombarding our eyes.

There’s no better way to see this than social media. Apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are platforms for people to talk non-stop, always throwing noise around. It turns us all into town criers. Except most of the noise on these sites is nonessential.

Silence is so important in today’s world because it gives us a chance to turn away from all of this noise — the relentless town criers — and turn our attention inward.

This in and of itself is perhaps the reason why silence is so hard to achieve. We are forced to look at ourselves without any distractions. Continue reading The Virtue of Silence