The Thursday Thesis - 13/07/2017
“Go into The Silence...”
These days, everyone is so “Connected”, our phones are on 24/7, we’re on Wi-Fi wherever we go, and we can stream music, video, and social media almost anywhere.
But what are we actually connected to?
In becoming more and more a node on a network, have we lost touch with ourselves?
Have we, ourselves, become the small voice lost in the babble and roar of the crowd?
And have we lost the Art of Solitude: the pleasure of being singular?
As we have become more and more bombarded by media messages, constant connectivity and the social pressure to conform, what place is there for Solitude?
Now I’m talking about Solitude, here – not loneliness – but the contented state of being quietly by oneself.
You will be thought odd if you dare to turn off the phone and go invisible, kill the radio, get the hell away from the toxic telly and go into the silence of Solitude.
Can you hear them saying “Are you ok? It’s not normal to be alone...” as though there was some kind of problem in you valuing yourself enough to step off the conveyor-belt of conformity and just be by yourself?
Ah, Solitude – my wordless companion in stretching moonlight shadows and whispering winds; passionate mistress of the salt-streaked gale on the shore. I long for your silent embrace, your accepting quietude and your caress.
Turn off The World, and let me go into The Silence again.
Yes, go into The Silence - I dare you...
© Neil Cowmeadow 2017
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