In Case of Emergency: Please Be Quiet.
Sometimes silence is
An act of revolution
In a noisy world.
I wrote this haiku during the recent election season, when I noticed pundits talking over one another—and that one candidate (now president) was monopolizing the conversation, because he was the loudest person in the room.
It struck me that on top of the major issues we face in 2017, we also have a major listening problem.
That is why silence can be a revolutionary act. Silencing yourself—and listening to your soul and the souls of others—you can often hear what you are really thinking when you feel under attack from the daily barrage of news.
Doesn’t it feel wonderful to be heard? Everyone loves that feeling. To have that, we need to be a nation of not just talkers, but of listeners.
Recently, many people have tried to make their voices heard through marching and writing letters to Congress. Wouldn’t it be a great world if our leaders took notes on what we had to say? People wouldn’t feel as if they are just cymbals trying to make a noise in the loud world. If you have ever been to a town hall, sometimes it doesn’t feel like a listening conversation.
It all starts though with listening to yourself—your body, your mind, your soul, and your intuition—if we are to ever to solve our problems. Only then will we be more able to discern truth from lies.
Many people, myself included, have listened to themselves, listened to their friends and family, listened to the leaders, and now feel like they are ready to have a conversation.
Will anyone listen to us?
Author: Marilyn Cox
Editor: Yoli Ramazzina