No, this is not about the classic film starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster which led to a trilogy (“Hannibal” and “The Red Dragon”). The “silence” here refers to the sinister and grotesque slaughter of lambs which took place during Clarice’s childhood. It is more synonymous of innocence at the hands of a brutal slayer void of compassion.
Silence is something virtual absent from most people’s lives. We are literally surrounded and invaded by a constant barrage of external noise from buses, noisy terrace bars, pneumatic drills, lorries unloading domestic fuel, neighbours at 3 in the morning and incessant car engines. Our city lives are full of it and we are completely oblivious to the harm it is causing us. We have become so used to it that we consider it is a part of our every day lives. We also have our own noise, our constant thoughts which appear as if from no where to cause us to worry, hasten our step and speed up our day to day living.
Most people cannot live without it. They always need to have noise, whether internal or external. Telephone calls, television, car radios, mobile phones, incessant chattering. We seem to have a great fear of silence, maybe because we wish to disconnect from our real thoughts and feelings. We need to be constantly connected and, if so, with noise, just in case.
The price to pay is, of course, high. Not only are we disconnected from ourselves, but also from nature and its beauty. We believe it is something “outside us” and from which we are separated. This is not the case because we depend on the natural world for our very existence. This dualistic way of thinking means we are slowly destroying our home, our planet.
I hope this poem called “Silence”, taken from “La Libélula de Cristal Azul”, will inspire you to consider the silence in your lives.
Just one sound,
There is no silence
Only the silence
as your heart
is all and everything
Happy English learning!!