I often feel that in our North American culture we talktalktalk to much and don't actively listen enough. There is noise everywhere you go. Over the years I find that even in restaurants I can no longer hear myself think, or talk for that matter. The music is loud, the conversations louder.
Whatever happened to putting thought behind your words? Why is verbal diarrhea suddenly acceptable?
Has the talking replaced the thinking in our relationships with ourselves and others?
Deliberation is much overdue. -tM
On TalkingYou talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence...