No wilderness, no revelation?
In this Bloggingheads.tv interview, authors Robert Wright and Susan Cain discuss how quiet has gone missing from a culture predisposed, metaphorically, to exchange silence for sound and why that quiet person - and quiet time - matters more than ever. The title for this post is taken from an exchange that begins shortly after the 31:00m mark.
From abstraction to model-building to patient hypothesizing, there are of course many, many ways to create. Diverse experiences are part of that process, and in an always-on world I wonder if an acquaintance with periods of silence, which has always been part of the human experience, is in jeopardy. So take a walk today and listen to the reedy breath of the trees in your local park, or patiently trace tonight the full length of Hydra on the southern horizon. Lose yourself in a book or make dinner with vegetables that don't come in a can. Hear without comment what your critics - or your spouse - might say.
The satisfying irony of the wilderness is that it is a place of abandon, and of discovery.