The Beauty of Silence

Kelsey - Dunwoody, Georgia
Entered on September 10, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity

I believe in silence, in quiet and calm, in tranquil wordlessness. I believe in the lull in the chaos of sound, a break in the rumble of voices. I believe in being able to take a serene moment to collect your thoughts and regroup your senses. I believe in pausing and reassessing the situation, take a noiseless second look at the blur of the world around you.

I have always accepted the importance of noise, of being able to talk and listen, explain and comprehend. I realize our dependence on words and our reliance on the swiftness of voicing our thoughts. Yet, I also believe in the need to stop. If we never rest our word-heavy tongues, never retreat into silence, we can never coherently think. A constant attack of sound grates upon your subconscious, bashing your nerves and filling your head with words that are not yours.

We often use music to fill the silence, to replace words we don’t have. The thick beat releases your gravity-bound body, unfurling your soul from mortal skin. Music sets you free, commanding you to dance. But there has to be something, some force strong enough to hold you to this world, to bring you back from the pull of seductive music. For that, we have silence. The unseen and unheard power that hushes the raging winds of music and halts the dance, returning you freely to yourself.

We live in a world of noise, of swirling music and sounds; the tempo of life. Rarely is there a moment of stillness, of pure serenity. We march, beating our drums, we dance, called by the music, we talk, letting useless words flow freely and without hesitation. We ignore silence, passing it by with our joyous sounds. We cast its beauty aside, not acknowledging its importance in our loud world. For without silence we would be swept up, consumed by the overwhelming parade of sound.

I believe in the importance of silence. I believe in the soft stillness it brings and the caress of its hand. I believe in breaking the battle of words and let the numbness fill the room. I believe in putting the world on pause and let the quiet stillness permeate your thoughts. I believe that instead of filling the empty space with useless words, we should sit back and let the silence do the talking.