Are you afraid to be quiet? Is it too daunting to think of being alone with yourself? What will happen if you turn off the sounds around you — the iPod, the radio, the TV, the chatting on the phone, the texting — all that surrounds you? Or maybe, wise you, you don’t live in this kind of noise any more.
Are we so addicted to all this noisy input that we cannot fathom what it is like to see how it feels to be quiet.? Maybe we have become what James Thurber, the great humorist, suggested:
Nowadays most men live lives of noisy desperation.
LESSON THIRTY SIX
Several years ago, when we were living in a quiet, leafy suburb of Chicago, we invited a successful playwright to stay with us as one of his plays was being produced in Chicago. He lived in the heart of New…
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