Monday, July 29, 2013


Silence is often deafening. I'm reminded of the song from Simon and Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence.

"And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening  
People writing songs that voices never share and no one dared Disturb the sound of silence"

So much is going on in the world, yet so few talk about what's happening. While something very fundamental is changing, silence is the sound that's heard. Make a social media post about a failing economy, floods, droughts, solar anomalies, lakes at the North Pole, methane from a thawing Tundra, the danger of fluoride, natural cures, oil spills ... and if you're lucky, you might get a few 'likes' and maybe even a comment or two, usually from the same people who post similar stories. But make a post with a cute kitten, horse, an actor, or what to have for dinner, and the comments are minion. An inspirational quote that few will ever live by gets many thumbs up, but mention that soda is turning our kids into mush and few dare to 'disturb the sound of silence.'

Are people simply in denial? Do they fear change? Truth?

"And the people bowed and prayed To the neon God they made And the sign flashed out it's warning In the words that it was forming And the signs said, 'The words of the prophets Are written on the subway walls and tenement halls' And whispered in the sounds of silence"
Perhaps it's just one of those days beset by frustration. Perhaps it's just all the cloudy weather. Perhaps it's the toll taken by so many years of of trying to alert people that "Somethings happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear."
Perhaps I just need another cup of coffee.

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