As you grow older you tend to appreciate the beauty of silence. Silence so deep that the only thing you can hear are your thoughts, and the occasional birdsong outside the window. Silence, as a response to questions you can’t start to fathom, let alone find words to express your opinions about them; like what has the world come to. At least by being silent, you are not adding to the sound pollution, even though you know that sound pollution is not the world’s biggest problem right now, but at least you’re making a contribution somehow.
“I don’t know what to say.” Has become your default because you really don’t know what to say. You can cry out and yell and try to say something but if nobody is listening, what’s the point? And if people do listen but nobody is willing to understand, what’s the point? Or if people do listen and do understand but what you say doesn’t change anything, then what’s the point?
So resort to silence.
Because sometimes, silence is the best answer you can give.
4 thoughts on “Silence”
June 28, 2014 at 11:29 am
This is an interesting thought and I hope I understood the context. For the questions raised in the article, silence could be well-suited. Sometimes however, the situation might require non-silence to relieve you of responsibility especially when you are the only one in position to speak, cry, yell or make people to understand. Resorting to non-silence in this case might give you a sense of relief that at least I have tried something even when the situation does not change. At other times, one might assume that no change will result but unless non-silence is tried, the assumption remains an assumption. On a different note, nobody might be listening at a certain time, but when someone who might listen shows up, silence will give him nothing to hear.
This might be the point.
June 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm
I get in trouble at times for being silent but I smile inside knowing that I would more than likely get in more trouble if I actually spoke. Enjoyed your post.
July 15, 2014 at 9:13 am
Don’t like silence, Hate the silent treatment and basically no to silence. But hey thats just me, whatever floats anyone’s boat..
July 18, 2014 at 2:18 am
I wish i coud remain silent..it would have saved me a lot of heart aches and drama!