“There really are important things you cannot think about unless it’s still and you’re only thinking about one thing at a time. There are just some things that are not amenable to being thought about in conjunction with 15 other things.”
They will tell you otherwise, but the youngsters are kidding themselves. Multi-tasking is dumbing down our schools, our youth, our country, the world. Try to focus on one thing at a time. Relax. Sit and look at the waves. Listen to the birds. Watch the clouds re-forming in the sky. This too is good.
I think everybody needs to watch Frontline: Digital Nation, which is where I got the above quote. By chance, I watched it last night. Also by chance I listened to Gordon Hempton, acoustic ecologist, speaking on last night’s On Point. Fascinating stuff. Hempton believes in the therapeutic value of silence. So do I. Here’s the blurb from the site. Again… worth a listen:
Man-made noise is everywhere. Even when you think it’s quiet, it’s probably not.
Close your eyes. Listen. … Cars. Distant airplanes. A lawn mower.
We buy earplugs and noise-canceling headphones.
But what about finding places where there is no human noise — where the sound of silence is wind, coyotes, the drip-drip of melting snow?
Sound ecologist Gordon Hempton has devoted his life to finding places devoid of human sound. He says silence is an “endangered species” that must be saved, before it’s too late.