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This month we have been looking at the Yama... Asteya, non-stealing and I found this version of Simon And Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence, to be such a fit.
"People that watch television instead of talking with one another. How electronics have taken over and people find other things to do besides talking to their loved ones around them."
Below are other interpretations of the lyrics to the song, but I will leave it to you to interpret for yourself — I found this version very powerful and made it very real for me.
Let me know what you think?
Forewarning: I am applying this song directly to our everyday lives — and seeing the parallels of the time that Simon and Garfunkel originally wrote this song to now. I would argue that this song is more relevant now than ever. And it’s about oppression and dystopia.
This song is an insightful look at how the world is changing — it’s pointing out the irony of how this planet is becoming (has become) more and more focussed on flashing lights and loud sounds. The most important thing to take away from the song I believe comes from the third verse: “People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share. And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence.” It’s highlighting how modernity has taken us in a direction that no one really cares about — or more importantly — pays attention to the content of what we both hear and say. And yes, that applies to everyone. It’s funny how this is relevant more than ever in our modern age — you can apply this lyric most well and truly to Social Media and the internet.
People will be right next to each other “saying things” on their phones to people, but literally speaking nothing. They say things to everyone except the people immediately surrounding them. In the same way we are hearing things back over the internet, while not listening at all to the things around us. Simon and Garfunkel would have originally intended this to apply to televisions since it was written over fifty years ago (over 1963 and 64).
In The Sound of Silence he was expressing his angst toward his, and other's, feelings of alienation in a post-modern world. Part of this alienation is viewed as a result of our inability to communicate effectively with one another, combined with our ready acceptance of thought and opinion as provided by the mass media. He also alludes that this is a result of our desire for, edging on addiction of, comfort as a result of our own affluence.
I think that this song is about a struggle to share and exchange MEANINGFUL ideas. The people “talking without speaking” and “hearing without listening” are too afraid to share their deep and personal ideas or consider the ideas of others. A person’s refusal to share or receive meaningful ideas dissuades others from sharing meaningful ideas, which leaves people isolated in a personal bubble of silence. When people are too afraid to open up and disturb their comfortable bubble of silence, all that is left for everyone to see is the neon light — the glaringly obvious and superficial. As for the ending, I think it is an anthropomorphized neon sign warning the silent people that “the words of the prophets”, or ideas that used to be incredibly meaningful, are “written on the subway walls and tenement halls” — are now written in crappy public places alongside posters, dirt, and graffiti. The meaning has been lost. The words and ideas they conveyed are now no more important than any other carelessly scribbled message. And yet, and yet. These important words are also “whispered in the sounds of silence”. I personally like to think this means that, though much of what we blather on about today in school, in the media, with our friends, ect... is not very meaningful, we DO still reach out to one another; people ARE still capable of sharing great ideas (as is required of great philosophers and inventors and builders) even if only in whispers. And perhaps one day, when someone has an idea which is very important to them, they will not feel too intimidated to open up and share that idea or have that idea challenged by someone else’s idea.
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