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Why Silence?

Posted by Chokri Omri شكري عمري on January 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

In a meditative stance on silence, to begin with, one must refrain from silence and say that there is more to life than this obscurity within which we are obligingly cloistered. Silence is nothing but, worse still, violence. Does it take some effort to be silent? Charles Dickens said: "Nothing is to be done without trying except lying down and dying." To it, one can add: Nothing is to be done without trying except lying down, remaining silent and dying. More so, many and strange are the ways in which we strive to live. But then, as i see it, in order to fend off silence, we ought to cry out and speak up. Speak please. This silence is beyond bearing. Speak please. Silence is maddening. Nietzsche said that the rudest word, the rudest letter were more good-natured, more honest than silence. He also said, albeit exceedingly radical, that those who keep silent almost always lack subtlety and politeness of the heart; Silence is an objection, swallowing down necessarily produces a bad character_it even ruins the stomach. All those given to silence are dyspeptic. Is it by possibility true that silence is of decency when it is undertaken for its own sake? It ought not be so. There is, i must reiterate, more to life than this silence. Most, if not all of, human vices, atrocities, crimes, misconducts, misdeeds, shames, and chicaneries are the outcome of silence. And now, pour en finir, on ne reste raisonnables qu'en gardant la parole. The revolution of words begins.

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