Wednesday, August 02, 2006 Ride the Lightning...*

Ride the Lightning...*

Sometimes during moments of silence thoughts creep in...

All the truths that hide behind the cacophony of our daily babble-filled lives emerge.

I am not a religious zealot or a particularly good Christian, but during times like these when all is quiet outside, the inhabitants seeking refuge from the heat they created, lightning sizzling across the sky and a storm creeping toward me from the horizon, I speculate that the end is near.

It is impossible for me to imagine what fate the world holds for future generations. Are books such as Oryx and Crake and Friend of the Earth clairvoyant tales of our future?

I'm scared. Perhaps we're all scared and that is why we fill our lives with sounds, images, and overscheduling.

*Song by Metallica


Blogger James said...

Silence is unsettling, when you stop and listen, it could be all too much. Everything is designed to pacify. It's when we clear to playing field that we have to truly listen to the silence, and it is deafening.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Silence is perfect, but, man, I miss lightening.

The perfect example of the overscheduling you speak of is the fact that Oryx and Crake has been sitting on my shelf for a month now.

10:55 AM  
Blogger AWG said...

That last comment is kinda true in a way. We prefer distractions because deep down most people suspect we're all hurtling towards the abyss. That's why mindless entertainment is increasingly popular. It's a distraction that keeps us from really thinking about deeper things, like "Why am I here?"

11:36 AM  
Blogger RC said...

i think your last comment is very intersting and wise about us filling everything up so we don't have time to think/worry or what have you.

it's good to rest and be quiet...we need that.

--RC of

1:32 PM  
Blogger MC said...

Well, people like to have questions they can answer, and asking "Why am I here?" is one of those kind of questions that you can chase for decades and never come up with a satisfactory answer.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Mad Ethel said...

I could speculate on this stuff forever. And I'm confident in saying I'm scared poopless. I'm not a good christian either and I hate it that when I am scared I want to run to "Him." I don't want to be a fair-weather christian but I think that's exactly what I am. Storms scare me too.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Mad Ethel said...

Oh, and in about fifteen minutes us girls are headed your way! First stop, Bahama Breeze!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

We are all scared because we don't know where we're going.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Kludge77 said...

It's weird when epiphanies like these strike. I agree with you, daily distractions are an excellent remedy for the deep thoughts of your quiet time. Which is why it is essenstial to make time for your brain to wander. Even killing the radio on drives.

As far as the lightning, if I'm sure I'm going to get lit up, Id brew a big mug of joe and enjoy the storm.

12:49 PM  
Blogger snackiepoo said...

Silence used to scare me too until I realized that only in the silence could I find what was wrong and deal with it.

I think some people move around too much because they are scared but others do it just to make life move faster because they haven't figured out how to enjoy what is right in front of them.

As someone who actually is religious, the world scares me in a whole different way right now.

4:37 PM  
Blogger 2complx said...

I love that word cacophony. It makes a cool noise when you say it out loud.

2:47 PM  
Blogger One Wink at a Time said...

Leave it to TC to reduce the subject at hand to something so simple and entertaining... We fraidy-cats could learn volumes from him, I think.

10:58 AM  

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