Today we no longer notice it, we do not think about the cause of frustration. We take the din as a matter of course. Worse – when nothing plays, does not pound, does not rattle, does not growl – fear, fear, ye gods! End of the world or what? We are used to living in noise and do not notice the negative sides of phonic aggression. On the contrary, we see silence less and less as psychological comfort, as a balm for the mind. More and more often it is perceived as ... oppressive!
During holiday trips to the open air, to the sea or other places, some people, instead of “communicating” with nature, with its diverse and rich sound, put on headphones. They separate themselves from nature with music. It’s even worse, when these unwanted sounds are offered to unintentional listeners.
Why are modern people, especially younger generations, afraid of silence? Firstly, the excess of sensory stimuli is addictive, similarly to stimulants. The state of arousal can be pleasant, the adrenaline rushing to the head allows you to soar to the heights of mobility and creativity, but after such an effort you should let your body rest.
Secondly, there’s a lot going on in silence on a nuanced level, and that forces you to pay attention – while the noise creeps in at all pores. If you doubt, watch the scene from Marek Piwowski’s “Rejs” (“The Cruise”), when engineer Mamoń plays the “boredom” of Polish films in such a fascinating and comical way that the alleged “nothing-ever-happens” becomes its own contradiction. Maybe it takes the talent of Zdzisław Maklakiewicz (or other outstanding actors) to rediscover the value of silence?
Or maybe… try to remain silent, be in silence, listen to yourself? For the sake of experiment. Because “between silence and silence, things sway”, as Grzegorz Turnau sang. I recommend it as a pre-Easter training.
– Monika Małkowska
– Translated by Dominik Szczęsny-Kostanecki
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists