SILENCE IS GOLDEN: spiritual silence is even better
General Motors put their latest car — the new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid — on the American market in December 2013.
It goes 50-odd km before its 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery goes flat.
One attraction is its silence – silence maximised by features like extra thick window glass, sound-damping insulation etc.
The ELR costs $78,000.
Noise pollution is something people will pay to avoid.
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Noise stops you thinking properly.
Supermarket music helps you to buy things which a little silent thought might lead you to leave on the shelf.
But isn’t the most distracting noise of all the “noise” we create inside our own heads — broodings regarding money, popularity, power etc?
Saint Mary MacKillop loved to spend time in silence with God.
She was a woman of action — yes, but to her, activity was a “less agreeable duty” which mustn’t interfere with her primary interest, the contemplation of God.
When too preoccupied to stop her worldly duties, she tried to make all her life, even when most busy, a prayer.
She wrote to Father Woods, “God’s presence seems to follow me everywhere and make everything I do or wish to do a prayer . . . .