Something important is missing from our lives – something soothing, thought enabling and natural.
The following excerpt from a wikiHow article confirms my suspicions about our noisy daily lives:
Scientists estimate that we are subject to receiving one billion stimuli every second in our brains.
Of this amount, our brain manages to filter out most but there are still around 100 sensations kept for continued processing every second. And much of the stimuli received is in the form of noise. With all this bombardment, you can be forgiven for feeling easily distracted, ready to down tools and go for a little mind wander (or even a wander somewhere else totally).
Before I started writing, the constant confusion of tv, radio, talking, and music was annoying, but I learned to live with it. After I began my novel, noise became an issue. Keeping my train of thought hurtling down the narrow tracks ahead was difficult on a good day and with excess noise it was nearly impossible. Now, I use ambient music apps, ear-buds, or earplugs with moderate success.
I do understand we live in the Age of Racket. On a warm summer day, I roll the windows down and pour bone-rattling latin jazz over my fellow commuters at a stop light. So, OK, I am an occassional noise marauder.
But, the next time cacophony invades the space between your ears visualize the following image:
It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.