Thursday, August 16, 2007

Silence and Self Control

To be silent requires quite a bit of resilience. I’m talking about resisting the desire to express…Why does one keep silent? Two main reasons: (1) Lack of confidence (2) Lack of interest. But when someone is confident, and has a desire to express his views, can he exercise silence? What benefit will that entail? Keeping silent when having a desire to express will help one gain control over oneself. It is in other words exercising self control.

Silence and Courage

Do we realize that we need tremendous courage to manage silence? Silence is a direct variant of ambiguity… Tolerating ambiguity is something not everyone is used to... yet everyone talks Himalayas of text on it... Every time we try to tolerate ambiguity, we tend to look at ourselves and our knowledge... the moment we see or perceive something that is unknown to us, we get scared and defensive... Dont we?

The question is - what are we scared of when we have to bear silence????


Interesting thought indeed.....!!!!!

7 comments:

Cuckoo said...

Very interesting thought !! Your HR skill is talking here.

Did you get an answer ?
Well, there are many more reasons to be silent, not only just 2 mentioned by you.
Will discuss it later. :)

bedienutza said...

Well,

would you talk more on why someone would like to have this kind of self control which is against one's own wishes and natural inclination? I believe self control has more to do with abstination from what is harmful or against society rules, and should not be exercised in such a small thing...
Also I would like to hear your oppinion on people talking to themselves :).
Cheers.

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Indian said...

Yes Ranjith. In Chandogya upanishad the silence is described as the sacrifice with the mind...

utnapistim said...

Maybe what scares us about silence is not knowing who we are?

When there is noise around us, we have something to react to, to respond to, and that is a safe place to be in.

Silence is unsettling - I believe - because in silence there is nothing to react to.

When there is nothing to react to outside of us, we have to actually create (the next circumstance and ourselves, really); We have then to decide who we are in the absence of any impulse from the outside.

And creating ourselves from nothing takes courage.

Ranjith said...

Precisely
this is what i meant by ambiguity... I didnt express it well though...