Have you ever noticed that there is loud, screechy music playing almost everywhere you go these days? There’s “top forty” playing in stores, restaurants, hotel lobbies and even at the dentist’s office. There’s now even loud, screechy music playing when you pump gas! Don’t misunderstand me, I love music, in the right context, when I can actually hear the words and not just a “tinny” rendition of what the song should sound like.
Okay, you call me old and grumpy but I don’t think so! Honestly, why do we need to listen to music 24/7 and when did retailers and service oriented businesses all agree that playing loud, screechy music makes consumers buy more? Maybe I am missing something. I simply cannot understand why our human species, which is already agitated and over-stimulated to the max, is not rebelling against this constant and never-ending noise.
Well actually I do understand, a little bit. You see, my family rolls their eyes at me every time I proclaim in some public place, “Do we really need this loud and screechy noise right now?” Their response (after the eye rolls) is usually, “Thanks Mom, I didn’t notice until you mentioned it.”
That is pretty much it in a nutshell. Most of us don’t notice that we are swimming in noise. Our nervous systems are jacked to the max because of the constant stimulation and supposed entertainment but most of us don’t notice because it has become such the norm in our culture.
I am sorry to break the news to you but there is noise, noise everywhere. You can protect yourself from the insanity by finding silence when you are able to control the volume, i.e. your car, your office, and your house. There is always that wonderfully joyful noise of nature if you are lucky enough to live close to some trees and grass. The kind of unfortunate result of this awareness is that once you start getting used to silence you will begin to notice the noise that invades our lives everywhere.
I am sure that some of you are rolling your eyes just like my kids do. That is okay with me. I know that some people really like to fill their already busy minds with more busyness. As for me, I’ll take quiet any day of the week. I would love to hear your thoughts.