Without silence, there is no peace

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 December, 2008, 12:00am

There are a lot of messages flowing through our society every day. The noise is growing louder and louder.

Switch on the television tonight, watch some financial programme and look at the activity on the stock exchange floors. Everywhere traders are constantly shouting from start to finish.

Our world is like a giant trading floor. We have forgotten the value of silence. We are not machines that can work continuously. We need rest. Silence is rest.

Without it, we fall prey to stress and nervousness. We have no chance to clear our heads and deal with problems, both physical and mental.

People lack space to clear their minds. Silence gives people space to think.

Silence allows us to calm down and redefine the problems ahead. A community cannot be healthy without it.

Boris But, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thanks for the letter, Boris. Now that you have raised the subject, I have to agree with you. It seems that we are constantly assaulted by noise wherever we are. When we wake up, it is our alarm clock ringing. We might have breakfast in a noisy restaurant, listen to our MP3 player on the way to school, and so it goes through the day.

It is interesting to note US president-elect Barack Obama is campaigning to get people to turn off their television sets. That might be a good place for us to start.

Susan, Editor