Apology for Silence

I envy prolific bloggers. This is something I’ve always struggled with being able to do and it seems to get worse with the more I learn, conclusions about things always seems to be deferred for a later date which leads to silence, or worst still, crippled inactivity or fear of wrongful action which again leads to crippled inactivity. Spending time in study should be in preparation for doing something, anything, but often times it really just leads to the need for more study. And so, silence. The other obvious reason is just simply that other things take priority.

Solo examSilence is also a wise thing. Wisdom is knowing when to speak and when to do as Stormzy advised, you know – shut up ! Afterall the best thing Job’s friends did was exactly that.

Silence is according to Kierkegaard is the “sine qua non of all educated social intercourse and the opposite of talkativeness. “Where mere scope is concerned, talkativeness wins the day, it jabbers on incessantly about everything and nothing“.

Though I admit some of the reasons for silence is just plain laziness.

There is also a kind of silence I am trying to avoid which is of the postmodern kind, the opposite of a thoughtless revolution which:

…will overthrow everything, pull everything down; but a revolutionary age, that is at the same time reflective and passionless, transforms that expression of strength into a feat of dialectics; it leaves everything standing but cunningly empties it of significance. Instead of culminating in a rebellion it reduces the inward reality of all relationships to a reflective tension which leaves everything standing but makes the whole of life ambiguous; so that everything continues to exist factually whilst by a dialectical deceit, privatissime, it supplies a secret interpretation – that it does not exist.

Notes

  1. All quotes taken from “The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion”, Kierkegaard, Søren, and Alexander Dru. New York; London: Harper Perennial, 1962.
  2. This is not a promise to write more often or a shot at prolific bloggers, if any prolific blogger thinks its aimed at them then it yes, it is.

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