The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life by Colum Kenny

By Colum Kenny

This ebook demonstrates that silence is eloquent, strong, appealing or even harmful. It surrounds and permeates our day-by-day lives. Drawing on a variety of cross-cultural, literary and ancient assets, the writer explores the makes use of and abuses of silence. He explains how silence isn't really linked to solitude on my own yet has a wider worth inside society.

The major topics of The energy of Silence are optimistic and destructive makes use of of silence, and a few of the ways that silence has been understood culturally, socially and spiritually. The book's ambitions are to equip individuals with a greater appreciation of the worth of silence and to allow them to discover its advantages and makes use of extra simply for themselves.

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Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more! You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider. Let me tell it! But the boy is packing his shirts, he is looking for his keys. Are you a god, the man screams, that I sit mute before you? Am I a god that I should never disappoint? But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story? It is an emotional rather than logical equation, an earthly rather than heavenly one, which posits that a boy’s supplications and a father’s love add up to silence. ” Likewise, discussing 32 THE POWER OF SILENCE “Talkativeness”, the Greek historian Plutarch (c46–120) urged his readers, “Remember what Simonides said, that he never repented that he had held his tongue, but often that he had spoken” (p.

The envisaged “ox” may have been a certain coin or, even more figuratively, the animal itself. We say today, when someone whom we have expected to talk holds back, that “the cat has her/his tongue”. The older saying appears to have had more of a sense of oppression about it than ours does (Barker, pp. 7 and 103–104). The belief that silence befits a woman in the presence of men was frequently expressed in ancient Greece. This is clear from a reading of the context in which Ajax rebuked Tecmessa, in words by Sophocles (c496–406 BC) that are often quoted: “Silence is a woman’s ornament” (Ajax, line 293).

25 and 153–154). This memorandum concluded, SILENT TYPES 21 A vast majority of our troops—representing the entire body of unskilled labour before the war and a great part of the irresponsible skilled workmen (thus excluding foremen, managers, clerks and others in responsible positions)—do not think at all. Kirk describes seeing men idle, lazing about or staring vacantly. He abhors such apparent passivity, “For the silent mind is a danger; and it is a waste”. It is a danger because it is prey to temptation, and a waste “because its possibilities for good, be they small or great, lie dormant and untouched”.

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