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QW 010112 “The Joy of Quiet”

How are you celebrating New Year’s Day 2012? I hope everyone’s kicked off the new year with full of hope. In today’s QW piece, I was going to start talking about my English learning agendas for 2012 in three or four serial posts, but I changed my mind. Instead I’d like to share the article “The Joy of Quiet”on New York Times with you all here. The piece beautifully articulates the core overarching all of my 2012 agendas.

Here are excerpts of my favorite part of the article:

“We have more and more ways to communicate, as Thoreau notes, but less and less to say. Partly because we’re so busy communicating. And- as he might also have said- we’re rushing to meet so many deadlines that we hardly register that what we need most are lifelines.”

I really like the “deadlines-lifelines” rhyming. The fun part aside, it seems an accurate observation, at least to me, that we have less and less to say while being busy communicating. So, what is “communication” supposed to mean? What can we “communicate”? That is the question I’ll need to consider in the year 2012.

“I’ve yet to use a cell phone and I’ve never Tweeted or entered Facebook. I try not to go online till my day’s writing is finished, and I moved from Manhattan to rural Japan in part so I could more easily survive for long stretches entirely on foot, and every trip to the movies would be an event. None of this is a matter of principle or asceticism; it’s just pure selfishness.” “Nothing makes me feel better – calmer, clearer and happier- than being in one place, absorbed in a book, conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as ‘that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.’ ”

I use a cellphone, a “smartphone” technically speaking, and have been in the Twitter-sphere and the Facebook-sphere, which I’d never regret having done so. It is true, however, that these two social networking services (SNSs) have got into my daily life so deeply, even intrudingly. I’m aware that my daily-extended engagement in the SNSs deprives the opportunities for me to embrace “the Joy of Quiet”. Please do not get me wrong. I won’t blame anybody or anything because SNSs do nothing harmful to anybody involved. It’s me who’s still seeking the best possible distance from those virtual-but-interesting-thus-addictive communities. The article has prompted me to ponder on how to cope with the SNSs while securing my own Joy of Quiet. A very good piece to read on New Year’s Day.

(50 minutes / 443 words)

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