I love being able to do whatever I want. That's one of the virtues of democratic societies. One of the most basic problems with a society without any direction or leadership, is that the loudest, most obnoxious, richest, coercive people rule the show. There is no room for more feminine virtues, let alone listening to the wisdom silence imparts. This is a major problem for democracy.
It means that we run roughshod over all those who don't wish to yell at the top of their lungs, and drown out the other people who don't operate that way. There is diversity, but the megaphones are only seized by the manly. Even our women in politics have to be manly (e.g. Hilary Clinton).
This not a call for metrosexual culture; but it is a call for listening. What the poet F. Holderlin asked "what do you do when the gods have fled?" was answered by the action of listening. It is the obverse to solipsistic masturbatory speech and action.
Perhaps part of our 'evolution' brings us is a slowing down of freneticism to go forward in collective action. Perhaps part of the evolution of humans is our capacity to bring our purposes together, focused for moments at a time on a single purpose, consciously using our collective mind that already exists, but currently tugs the universe according to its chaos.
So, I invite all to cultivate appreciation. Appreciation for noise and silence, and the in between. Yet, without the din we cannot know the quiet, and without the silent, our noise has no meaning.
Celebrating Temple Sunday Sunset Silence