Why Cannot We Deal with Silence? – Devin Foley (04/18/2019)


Why Can’t We Deal with Silence?

For Lent in 2018, I gave up noise. No music within the automotive, headphones at work, or background music whereas I did tasks at residence. It was exceptionally troublesome, and hammered residence to me how dependent we’re on something that may distract us from our existence.

Actually, all the pieces we do wants a soundtrack.

I realized that lesson after a really regrettable buy. Again within the early days of eBay I acquired in a heated bidding struggle over, of all issues, an outdated Volvo station wagon.

It wasn’t even one of many cool ones. It was a 960 positioned in Miami. I lived in Minnesota. However as a result of I needed to win, I ended up with it.

So, I flew right down to Miami and picked up my Volvo. I knew instantly that the seller had rolled me — the automotive was a bit of junk.

Lamenting my resolution, I had 36 hours of driving residence forward of me through which to ponder my resolution. I rapidly realized that along with the entire automotive’s many issues, the radio didn’t work.

I assumed I might robust out the silence. However, with solely my ideas to maintain me firm, the mixture of caffeine drugs and infinite freeway driving almost drove me to madness.

Each time I hear the music Automotive Radio by Twenty One Pilots, I’m instantly tossed again into that lonely, quiet drive residence from Miami.

For those who’re not accustomed to Twenty One Pilots, listed here are the lyrics to Automotive Radio:

Typically quiet is violent
I discover it laborious to cover it
My pleasure is not inside
It’s on my sleeve
My pores and skin will scream reminding me of
Who I killed inside my dream
I hate this automotive that I’m driving
There’s no hiding for me
I’m pressured to cope with what I really feel
There isn’t any distraction to masks what’s actual
I might pull the steering wheel“I might pull the steering wheel.

Aye, me too, Brother.

I couldn’t deal with a silent, 36-hour highway journey from Miami to Minnesota with out almost dropping my thoughts. And this yr, I definitely couldn’t go forty days in silence. I don’t assume I’m alone on this.

Take into consideration our ancestors, they spent the huge quantity of their time in silence. Are you able to think about sitting in a lined wagon, silently rolling alongside on the velocity of horse throughout the Nice Plains?

As a Catholic, I’m acutely conscious that the God of the Christians is a quiet God. He whispers, you discover him in silence. However I’m additionally petrified of that silence.

I feel we’ve educated ourselves, by a continuing barrage of noise, to disregard the nagging, quiet interior voice. In silence we discover ourselves stripped of all the pieces however the reality of our being.

Flannery O’Connor, one of many nice writers of the 20th century, as soon as wrote:

Maybe the sensation I preserve asking for, is one thing once more egocentric — one thing to assist me really feel that all the pieces with me is all proper.

We aren’t meant for this noisy existence. In silence we’re pressured to confront that which isn’t proper with ourselves, whereas in noise we escape. The noise doesn’t make issues proper, we merely transfer from one noise to a different whereas by no means studying easy methods to be, to have a way that “with me all is correct.”

We are able to proceed down this path, filling our being with noise and distraction, hoping for peace. But it surely appears to me that except we’re prepared to enter the furnace of silence, it is going to be fairly troublesome for us to search out the true peace we so desperately search in our chaotic, atomized instances.


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This publish Why Can’t We Deal with Silence? was initially printed on Mental Takeout by Devin Foley.


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