Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Silence

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yesterday a youngish Account Executive I’m interviewing, to show how he challenged conventional thinking in the past, relayed to me one of his experiences in college. He said that during an oral exam in his Philosophy class, he was asked by his professor how God can just sit back in silence amidst all the pain and suffering in the world. Instead of citing a certain philosophy, he just answered, “Silence is not inaction.” I liked how he came up with his answer but belief in God – and a silent one at that – doesn’t really manifest defiance against conventional thinking, does it?

His answer made me think of my kid sister’s favorite song, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence (why a kid like her loves it so much is beyond me) and the myriad tones of silence. Silence, to some people, is like a void that needs to be filled. Most has this tendency to come up with small talk, inane filler speech to not endure the discomfort of silence. Silence indicates tact, (when you cannot say anything good, don’t say anything at all) respect (like when we devote a moment of silence for a person’s demise) meditation (which is usually accomplished in silent solitude) and mystery (like a person who doesn’t talk much is considered an enigma). “Ang daldal mo talaga,” my boyfriend at times kiddingly complains when we talk on the phone. He doesn’t know that I haven’t said more than five words the whole day. Silence is usually there when there is nothing to say or when enough has been said.

In relationships, silence is intimate. Just enjoying each other’s presence without having the need to speak is a sign of true deep intimacy. However, just as it conveys warmth, silence can also signify coldness – the cold war of silence. The silent treatment is a weapon that romantically linked individuals sometimes use on each other.

An outpouring of emotion is usually what is behind the different qualities of silence - we fall silent because we’re angry, sad, happy, or even terrified. The lack of any particular emotion – indifference – can also lead to silence. When we feel that we don’t have anything to say to a certain person anymore, we just let silence say what we mean.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, in your intelligence rely not."
- Proverbs 3:5

Above is the motto of my church. We use turkey jerky (the body) and red fruit punch (the blood) for communion. We challenge conventional wisdom. :)

Angeli said...

mwahahahahahahahahahah!!! :)

Angeli said...

..so dumbheads, dullards and doofuses are most welcome in your church? :)

Anonymous said...

Be forewarned, don't mock us, the chosen ones. :)

Did you know god had jesus hang on the cross until he was dead when he found out he was a Jew?

To answer your question let me give you a quote from the only book that you should be reading.

"Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth."
- Matthew 5:5

Angeli said...

so it was a lynching, huh? :)

I think that book’s on my list of literary deal breakers. :)

I’m meek and have no intelligence to rely on. Can I join your church? :)

Anonymous said...

Of course you can join but you must pinky swear not to google "will of god". :)

Angeli said...

okay, pinky swear. but can i google human agency or free will? :)

ninaparton said...

harhar pinky swear. that's new. i love that!!!

Artemis said...

nice post and nice commentator as well, :-)

Angeli said...

thanks artemis! :)

 
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