Friday, May 02, 2008

Power of Silence-part 1.

Most of us are not very comfortable with silence. A few of us are terrified by silence and try our best to avoid it. There are those who cannot tolerate even one moment of forced silence in a theatre or a cinema caused by something like power failure and they immediately fill those silent moments with their shrill catcalls and their charged expletives.

The powerful audio player in your car must always be talking or singing or shouting, even if you find its talk most unpleasant. And yes, you hate being alone, especially, being alone in silence. You rush to turn on the TV and fill your mind with that dashy news reader’s voice and immediately you feel immense gratitude to him, for without his voice filling your room and your mind, you would have felt so lonely. You can easily forget that profound observation made by Blaise Pascal: “All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”

You are talking to your friend and then you momentarily run out of words and there is this embarrassing moment of silence. Luckily, your friend rescues you both by quickly rising to the occasion and filling that silent unbearable moment with senseless chatter.

We are constantly urged to express ourselves, to speak up, to communicate, to verbalize, to sing. We cannot even conceive of silence as a mode of communication. The very idea might sound ludicrous.

This is the first part of a series of articles on the power of silence written by Pramod K Uday. He is a leading news paper columnist in India. You can reach him at pramoduday@yahoo.com

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MANIKANDAN said...

Its true silence has power