Aeschylus once said, “The gods create tragedy so that men will have something to talk about.” Well, I want to update his observation and append the following, “And then cable tv news was created so that the chatter could go on endlessly.” Actually, I’m hoping that in about ten thousand years, this wisdom will be, “The gods originally created tragedy so that men would have something to talk about. And then sometime later they created cable tv news so that the chatter would be non-stop” and that the wisdom will then be attributed to “Literarylew.” You know, Aeschylus could be forgotten as will ultimately be the case with all of us, small fry or large fry!
Seriously, I’m so conscious of how much my mind is filled with chatter. This is so very apparent since I started to seriously attempt to meditate and discovered the Buddhist “monkey mind” always chattering away; a blog-o-sphere friend recently posted re “the rush of a thousand voices”.
We are so afraid of silence even though it is only in silence that we find our Source.
We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.
Nicholas Spark, The Notebook