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Thursday, June 04, 2009

An Elusive Silence

Stop for a minute. Can you hear the noise around you? Can you notice any lights or other visual distractions around you? If you’re living in a populated area, you now probably realise that we’re being over-loaded by sounds and images. All the time.

Last night, for example, I had difficulty sleeping as someone in our neighbourhood decided to play new age music till late in the night. And I don’t like to listen to those loud beats and rhythms at that time! Especially if I want to get some rest after a day at the office. However, this sensory bombardment I faced seems to be a characteristic of modern technology. Instead of spending time reflecting on life, we are often forced to hearing and seeing diverse stimuli without actually listening or engaging with them.

Yes, I find technology has opened a lot of possibilities in my life today. Indeed, thanks to the computer and the internet, I can manage work and life in general - even more than before due to my visual impairment. But all technology has its downside. If we become too dependent on it to get solutions and advice – even opinions – we risk losing the capacity to think critically or reflect on what we consume. It’s like believing that the picture of a dog, for instance, IS a dog! OK, it’s Thursday evening and I’m out of better examples.

What I am trying to say is that there is sometimes too much happening in our life that we fail to experience life itself. Instead, we tend to be engaged in a reactive mode where we are stuck in our world view and where moments of silence remain elusive. and if you think about it, that’s not a very happy life to live…