The Sound Of Silence

In 1964 Simon and Garfunkel released a song called “The Sound of Silence” Here are a few verses. “Hello darkness, my old friend  I’ve come to talk with you again,

because a vision softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping, and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence.”

“And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more.

People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that voices never share. No one dared disturb the sound of silence.”

So many activist songs were written in the 60’s and 70’s. There were so many things to protest, like war and inequality, and the rights for women and animals and well, almost everything. The young crowd spent most of their time gathered together to bring attention to one thing or another. I’m not sure that anyone heard them. You see in this country we have freedom to speak out, but when the sounds get drowned out by the noise of everyday life, there becomes a true sound of silence, no one hears and so no one cares. Today we still have people protesting and shouting and no one hears. Why?  Because, once again the noise of everyday life drowns it out. Everyone has their problems. Everyone is trying to live their lives and that alone can become overwhelming. Life is what it is and life is hard enough. But the needs of people go  unheard, and those who do sit in silence become more alone and helpless. Needs are not met. Friendships are not made. The poor and needy and lonely are still forgotten.  So don’t you think that there is a better way than just protesting? How about actually doing something to change or help or to make the situation better. Many people need help. Many people would love to talk to someone because their life is nothing but the sound of silence, those who do sit in darkness. There are many homeless people who could use a friend. Get your friends together and go cut an elderly person’s grass or shovel their snow. There are so many things you could do. You could be the next greatest generation if you turned your words into action and loved one another with your deeds.  Yes, it is easier to carry a picket sign or walk the streets with others, but this never does any good for those who really need help. Put your money together and buy a person lunch or a child a toy during the holidays. Think about it and let your words become actions and then you will see that your voices are not falling on deaf years. Then you can look back one day and say I did this for society, for a person, for a family and you will see that the sound of silence can really be heard. The Bible says, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” We all have our faults, but we also all have talents and abilities that we can put to use to make this a better world. No sign or picket line or talk can do that, only true love put into action. Let’s break the silence with love for one another in giving a helping hand to those who may even be standing right alongside of you, as you  carry your sign. Let’s break the silence and begin to listen with love.

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