Choosing Silence

“I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence play in all this noise?”
– Federico Fellini

I’ve been asking that question a lot lately, “What role does silence play in all of this noise?” Visual noise. Audible noise. The noise of ideas, words, blogs, tweets…the list goes on and we are surrounded.

It seems that “taking a break” from the noise for personal reasons (refresh, renewal, etc) is a popular thing these days. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But, I wonder how different things might look if we served others, rather than ourselves, by choosing silence.

If we didn’t tweet 20+ times a day, update Facebook statuses every hour, and blog incessantly. If we chose to be silent…to have a stronger filter for what we broadcast, perhaps we wouldn’t burn others and ourselves out with all of the noise.

Just a thought.

With courage, Katie

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