Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The point of all this is that one thing I remember in particular was the one set in colonial New England during the 1700s. When the experiment was over, these two families who had lived within sight of each other for the past months, were thrown back into regular society and taken to a WalMart for supplies. The thing they were the most startled with was the noise. After months of living out in the wilderness with only an occasional plane passing overhead, they'd become so accustomed to the quiet and used to hearing only birds singing and animals braying, with their horses and cows making the only sounds, along with the humans who were with them. Their ears were assaulted with the sounds of modern society and I was struck by their horror during the re-entry period.
I rarely have quiet in my house. I often have the television on just for the company! In addition I hear street traffic, my police scanner, the clock, humming appliances, clothes clinking in the dryer, the telephone ringing, and all other manner of sounds that we live with every day. Even in remote areas there are modern noises, which was in fact one of the challenges of the television producers who had to find a place to film their show without the intrusion of the 21st century. Sit in your living room and listen - its amazing what you hear (even now, before the leaf blowers crank up)!
How interesting would it be to live in peaceful silence, with only the sounds of nature to keep us company. I might not like it for extended periods but it might be very nice for a few days....