Friday, October 24, 2008

Hear the Sounds of Silence

And In the naked light I saw,
Ten thousand people may be more,
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

Ever been with a friend who was going through a rough patch, may be lost someone he loved, you asked him how is he feeling and he said that he is fine. But you could just tell the truth by looking into his eyes? Ever trembled when your dad looked at you in anger and preferred that he yelled at you instead? Ever wondered who teaches a new born baby how to tell his parents whether he is good or whether he needs their attention? Ever wondered why we all laugh the same way, cry the same way. Our anger, hatred, jealousy, confusion, anxiety, sorrow and thousands of other emotions are expressed in the same way - across the globe?

I am sure that you wouldn't be surprised to know that almost 90% of human conversation is non-verbal.

My grandmother once told me that Akbar-the-great believed that Arabic was a divine language and if a new born baby was kept in solitude he would end up learning Arabic on his own because it comes from up above. So he did an experiment. He took a new born child, kept him in isolation for many years, no human contact - only to discover that Arabic was not the language that God's speak. But I am sure that that child would've still known how to cry and laugh. Something that Akbar overlooked.

I am sure that if there was a common language in the pre-tower-of-babel-era it was a language without sounds. Nobody had to learn it, people were simply born with it. A language so refined, pure and perfect no wonder it hasn't changed over the centuries. This sound of non-spoken words is much more louder than a scream. Shh.. can you hear it?