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Silence, a rare a disappearing delight

Silence, a rare a disappearing delight Silence, a rare a disappearing delight
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Silence is not just the absence of noise, or even unnecessary noise. It is the absence of noise made by human beings. It is rare, and shrinking. American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, the man known as the “Sound Tracker”, defines it as “the complete absence of all audible mechanical vibrations, leaving only the sounds of nature at her most natural’”. […]

If I imagine Hell as a physical place, of torture and pain, it’s not the heat that troubles me most; it’s the noise. Hell surely means living in the unceasing din of a construction zone […]. In the Middle Ages, Christian scholars believed noise was used as a weapon by Satan, who was bent on preventing human beings from being alone with God, or fully with each other, alert and listening. The fictional devil in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis detests both music and silence. Hell, he crows, is filled with furious noise, ‘the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless and virile… We will make the whole universe a noise.’ We have already made great strides in this direction as regards the Earth.

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