Friday, May 20, 2005

silence and seventeen

Check this out: John Francis decided after an oil spill that he would quit riding in cars, which he did for the next 17 years. As he was wandering the earth, he took a vow of silence...but still managed to earn his Ph.D., confront the racial divide in the environmental movement, and prove that being a wandering activist pilgrim is actually possible.

"Silence is not just not talking. It's a void. It's a place where all things come from. All voices, all creation comes out of this silence. So when you're standing on the edge of silence, you hear things you've never heard before, and you hear things in ways you've never heard them before. And what I would disagree with one time, I might now agree with in another way, with another understanding." -John Francis for Grist magazine

3 Comments:

Anonymous eek said...

Some day when I have time and sanity to spare, I'd like to go on one of those silent retreat jaunts the merry fudgemakers (dirty!) over at the Abbey of Gethsemane offer. A few hours without speaking to anyone starts to feel like an altered state of consciousness to me, and I wonder what revelations I could bump into in a state of prolonged silence.

(this is Erin - hi.)

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you must post. i am at work, and bored. also, maybe talk on the phone, to say why you are in the NE. also, i left 'revenge of the sith' only 45 min. in b/c i saw how anakin was going to fall and it was just too sad. my emotional connection to star wars has become a problem.

francesca

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you must post. i am at work, and bored. also, maybe talk on the phone, to say why you are in the NE. also, i left 'revenge of the sith' only 45 min. in b/c i saw how anakin was going to fall and it was just too sad. my emotional connection to star wars has become a problem.

francesca

3:22 PM  

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