Do you like silence, or do you find it uncomfortable?
I like it. I like it a lot. There’s this guy named John Zerzan who put it like this – civilization is a conspiracy of noise designed to cover up the uncomfortable silences. But not everyone finds them uncomfortable – the noise might be what’s uncomfortable. I hate noise. Flashing lights, screeching sirens, churning of machines, countless feet walking down graded pavement, doors opening and closing, water dripping from faucets. It’s all so mechanical and arbitrary. Where are we all going in such a hurry? Just lay back in the river and let the current pull you along. It’s more peaceful that way. Let the birds sing their songs, the water babble around you, the wind sweep the leaves, and the sky open up overhead with the distant roar of far up gales that push the clouds. It’s more peaceful that way. Make no noise at all and just listen. Don’t think a thought and just listen and drift down the river. That’s what I’m doing today if it doesn’t storm. I need a vacation from all this stupid noise.