Silence is a fascinating cultural incident. It is a "contingent" phenomenon with positive or negative qualities and has to be "contextualized."
"Silence" can be experienced as an interval. It can be breathing space and spawn release and wellness in a time of appalling inflation of words since it has the power to create 'spiritedness' and make room for imagination. It may lead to a reviving retreat into a world of new perspectives.
As our environment is increasingly confronted with meaningless noise, silence can be considered as a redeeming rescue. In this respect, Samuel Beckett states his point of view: "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness."
But silence may be intolerably screaming if it means the absence of communication, deficiency in friendship and emotional deficit. It is felt, then, as a heavy burden to bear, an unbearable weight.
Let us use words carefully because words can betray and kill. But, if words can hurt, silence can intimidate and scare.
However, the song, The Sound of Silence, by Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon, makes it clear that silence is not the absence of sound, but is itself a kind of sound. For John Cage "there is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear." For William S. Burroughs "silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing."
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