Sounds of Silence

indexHave you seen zombies walking around with eyes glued to a little screen held by the hands? They are common occurrences. Not seeing this breed of people would mean that you are living in the Jurassic world of dinosaurs. Not only do these people glue their eyes to that little screen, they are adept in striking the screen frantically at lightning speed. If you are wondering what they are doing, you are again a modern-day dinosaur. They are communicating!

How so? The advent of the mobile phone ushered in a new era of modern-day communications. There is a gradual migration from talking to people to “messaging” people. Voice is now archaic. You still hear people talking in rustic old country towns. But in modern cities, people stopped talking. They “text”. Their world of communication is virtual, surreal and unreal. As you watch them smiling, laughing and grimacing to themselves in a schizophrenic world of their own. It simply makes you wonder – why has silence taken over the noisy world.

That few strikes on the flat screen can also be emotionally fatal. Some Islamic cultures allow a divorce to be effected just by one party “texting” “I divorce you”. reports,

A Saudi girl who had thought she fulfilled the dream of her life by marrying a well-known lawyer got the shock of her life when she was divorced by a text message just three days after marriage, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
The unnamed woman from the western town of Taif said she had agreed to marry the lawyer because of his high position and good manners.
“Three days later, he asked her to go to her family’s house and wait for him until he finishes some work,” Taif Arabic language daily said.
“One hour later, she received a SMS on her mobile from her husband telling her that she is divorced…the woman said she was shocked but found out later that the lawyer is having some psychological problems.”
Many stories have been told about traumas in relationships after text messages are inadvertently seen by parties not supposed to see them.

Licensed marriage and family therapist Karen Ruskin agrees one unresolved issue can lead to another unresolved issue when couples let their thumbs do the talking.

“Much can get lost in text or instant chat translation thereby misunderstandings of intention occur, leading to an already existing argument and problem being exacerbated,” Ruskin said.

As for couples who struggle to go minutes without messaging, she said some may thrive in constant communication, whereas for others “it is suffocating and they lose the spark”.
Sydney Morning Herald

Amidst the noise and buzz in cities, we are in fact beginning to be engulfed with silence. It is crowded yet lonely. In 1964, Simon & Garfunkel sang the song “The Sound of Silence” long before the mobile phone was invented. The words in the lyrics now seem prophetic in retrospect (listen to the song here).
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.“Fools,” said I, “You do not know –
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you.
Take my arms that I might reach you.”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

This generation has forgotten the healing power of words.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are asan honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.


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