Mittwoch 21. August 2019

On Silence - Paul Goodman

This is a brilliant list. I was trying to distinguish those different types of silence myself. Always wondering when someone "isn't responding" if there's something wise, hidden in their gesture or if it's simply pure ignorance. Hard to tell, and maybe it doesn't matter as much as I thought it does. However, Paul Goodmann's list is good to keep in mind: 

Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. 

- There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy 

- The sober silence that goes with a solemn animal face

- The fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul, whence emerge new thoughts 

- The alive silence of alert perception, ready to say, “This… this…”

- The musical silence that accompanies absorbed activity

- The silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear 

- The noisy silence of resentment and self-recrimination, loud and subvocal speech but sullen to say it

- Baffled silence; the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos

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