A couple of nights ago while listening to Coast to Coast Am, straight to coast to coast web site, I heard the Sounds of Silence by Paul Simon. Man this is a great song loved it then and love it now but while listening to it I heard something different. I heard a revelation of the way we think and a idea of what we are living through today. It struck me that this song may have be a warning to us written with love from a musical poet. I will give you the lyrics and read them with the headlines in your mind and see what you think. I will then give you some links to hear the song if you would like.
The Sounds of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Songwriters: PAUL SIMON
© Universal Music Publishing Group
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind
Simon And Garfunkel
Such a great song and makes me stand back in awe thinking why do I write. Can I touch such a master of words NO but I am impressed to not be a silent voice but one that speaks and hears with out reach feelings of love.
Sounds of Silence .
Not a new thought or one that has not found a place in our society but I wonder if even those who were the Don’t Blend In banner know how we end up blending in. At the beginning of my blog life I had a blog on Social Conditioning.
At the time I used the term Social Conditioning I had mistakenly thought I was being clever with my own term for a condition I notice through social media and news stations not to mention in large groups of people like work or school to name a few.
Now I do not begin to say that laws of social conduct are bad. I for one am all for social conduct but I oppose the shaping of people judgement as in age, mistakes, income, etc.
I have noticed that even with the news channels claiming how diverse they are and showing large groups of diverse people I have yet to really see anyone that is diverse. I mean would a diverse person hang on every mistake someone else made or are they diverse only because a large social gathering said they were?
I just ask all of us to be more independent minded and work together with one another but not allow the ideas of a few spread through our minds like a poison. We are stronger when we stand together but weakest with the loss of the individual.
Social conditioning is the sociological process of training individuals in a society to respond in a manner generally approved by the society in general and peer groups within society. The concept is stronger than that of socialization, which is the process of inheriting norms, customs and ideologies.
Social conditioning – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Here is an interesting article about Social Conditioning and how to move beyond this conditioning. iameduard.com
. I thought it was interesting when he says in the article that we should questions our ideas and thoughts and feelings all the time and not think we can not be affected by social conditioning.
I bring this up again as watching this campaign I have seen how they are trying so hard to bend our minds to elect the person they think is best and I am amazed at the things I have seen.
With my blog I hope to bring information or ideas or tips that others had not thought of and a way to get the facts. I have wanted to keep my blog positive as we live now in a very angry world and I feel a certain social responsibility to help each of us to remember what is important in life and how to do things in our own home to improve health, save money, be creative and well grow our own whether it be animals, kids or a garden.
Today though I want to talk about some of the police/civilian shootings that are going on around the country and here in Louisiana. We are blaming one thing and then the other like it is because their black, or live in the wrong area of town, or we got to war against the police. I have heard all of this and more. Personally I have experience things out and about town that makes me feel it is social conditioning that we are facing.
I won’t address the because their black issue because it is a sore that is festering and well I can not heal but I will say that we as a people are being conditioned to be more angry towards police and what and who we consider to be at fault. For the police it is a scary time with officers being shot, hit by cars, etc so they have been conditioned by these things to be more on the alert and maybe hyper-alert. Who can blame them? Good, bad or just average officers they are doing a tough job and well a hero’s job. The heat is on all and we need to understand this and behave in thoughtful ways. Like do not put yourself in a situation that may not come out in a good way. Do your best to behave in a peaceful matter and show yourself to be a cooperative citizen of your city. Just my thought don’t be a victim of social conditioning.