“Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue”
Have you ever had this thought that there are some problems and unnecessary arguments that wouldn’t have happened if only you kept quiet at that moment? When I came across the quote stated above, I was amazed at how important “silence” could be that even a fool can be seen as wise and discerning if he portrays it.
To begin with this write up, I’ll want to establish the fact that silence isn’t just the act of refraining from speech or making no sound from your mouth, but it goes as deep as into the calm state of your mind, that is, “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit”. However, we must not underestimate the power of our organ of speech (the mouth) because it can be a very great distracter of the mind. Studies have shown that talkative people cannot enjoy peace of mind, and too much talk may indicate that a person is rajasic (a Hindu word which translates to English as bitter, angry, jealous, delusion and irreligious feeling).
If we must be sincere with ourselves, then we can attest to the truth that the world in which we live is a noisy place with the amount of conversation expanding exponentially. And this is even worsened as the new phenomenon of evolving technology has given us the ability to engage in multiple mode of connectivity at once – texting, chatting, video calls, Youtube videos, all at the same time.
What a world we live in now!!! In writing by Sara Maitland, she drew our attention to the strange fear/hate relationship people have for silence. She pointed out some habits that human unconsciously do in their everyday life to avoid silence. She pointed out how people try to fill the void of silence with needless chatter, with T.V, with music, with noise of some kind.
She pointed out how silence has become disconcerting and make people feel uncomfortable and alone and that’s why the world is filled with TV’s that have been left on when nobody is watching it, for just a background noise.
These bring me to the burden in my heart: “do people still find time to be silent and to reflect on who they are in a world with constant chatter?” And in rephrasing it to the people of my age group, I’ll ask by saying “does the youths still find time to be silent and reflect on who they are in a world that only shouts?”
why do they even say silence is golden?
Author: Emmanuel Eneojo Samuel
Eneojo Emmanuel, a computer engineer by training, an educationalist with passion and a writer. I find great advantage in travelling, reading and writing. As humans, at some point in life we can get to a cross road and it’s not uncommon for our lives to be unravelled. Hence, my greatest passion is to use my abilities and writings to bring to the consciousness of people that they have a say over their lives and we do not allow circumstances define who we are. I believe there’s a greatness in everyone.