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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Stop the Noise

I know people who wake up in the morning and turn on the TV. Walk in from work and turn on news radio. Even go to sleep with CNN on.

They can't stand silence.

It might force them to pay attention.

I don't know about you, but I get enough noise in my daily life "out there." (Here in south China it's usually construction or traffic: all rhythm, no melody.)

My home is a sanctuary, a quiet place where I can "hear myself think."

Look, if the TV or radio really make you happy, by all means, turn 'em on. But if it's just a habit, or worse, an escape from having to be with yourself, give it some thought.

Now, about that outside noise: a nice set of headphones connected to something soothing (or not) can create a sonic cocoon to protect you from the assault of the city.

I don't thing any of us knows the final effect of being jangled by barking dogs, jackhammers, or people shouting in our ears. We didn't evolve this way. And 'tweren't like this back on the farm (in the 17th century).

So get unplugged. Or plugged, depending on where you are. And kill the racket.

You’ll be happier.

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