Colin McEnroe Show: 'In Pursuit Of Silence'
“All sounds are, ultimately, servants and purveyors of silence.” - Thoreau
George Prochnik joins us today to talk about our love/hate relationship with noise.
But before that, here's a quick story.
This guy joins Trappist monastery. Takes a vow of silence. The Abbot tells him, "After one year, you can come to me and say one word." A year goes by. The guy goes to the Abbot and says "The." The Abbot says, "Fine. Now you have to wait two more years before you can say another word." Two years pass. The guy goes to the Abbot and says, "Food." The Abbot says, "OK. After two more years, you can come to me and say one more word." Two years drag by. The guy goes to the Abbot and says, "Stinks." The Abbot looks at the guy and says, "You know, you've been here five years, and you've done nothing but complain."