Is the very thought of being alone with your thoughts really so unthinkable?
- “I can’t do my work without headphones plugged in.”
- “I can’t stand to go on public transportation without earphones plugged in.”
- “I can’t focus on studies without headphones plugged in.”
When I ask a lot of these people if it’s their obsession with the music quality they can’t resist, I often get a shrug and “no, I just can’t focus if it’s silent. I need background noise, whatever it may be.”
Besides the problematic fact that music has gone from an art to mere background noise… there is a more significant question I would like to pose:
Is our addiction to background noise a necessity because we actually function better that way… or is it simply because we’re afraid to be listening to our own inner voices?
Is the thought of being with your own thoughts really that unthinkable?
We live in a world of noise, in which we will desperately plug anything into our ears – good music, mediocre music, crappy swear words – anything and everything – to drown out any possible survival of an inner dialogue. Distract yourself deliberately just so that you won’t hear what your inner voices are desperately trying to tell you.
We’d prefer planning for the future while mercilessly silencing the voice of the past. Let’s look ahead to making the world a better place without fixing what is damaged in the past and still affecting us now. We’d rather contemplate if a future plan can be executed right than to contemplate if what we did today, yesterday, or even presently is done in good intentions.
Do we want to consider intentions? What if they’re not as noble as others think they are?
–Plug them earphones back on.–
–Block it all out.–
Again, I ask:
Is the mere thought of being alone with your thoughts really so unthinkable?
Time to start thinking about that.
You might be surprised to find out how much more alive you’ll feel when you actually start listening to yourself.