Saturday, March 05, 2011

discarded, sea, silence


Posted by PicasaA brush discarded in a skip.

Describing trade and cultural exchanges between countries bordering the Indian Ocean in  A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neil MacGregor concludes that  "seas usually unite rather than separate the people who live on their shores.

 I have thought, though I am as guilty as most other people of neglecting it,  that  the value of silence in conversation is too much ignored.  Today I find that  Jonathan Swift  is of the same mind. "They have a notion," says Gulliver of the Houyhnhnms, the superior race of horses, whom he encounters on the last of his voyages, "that when people are met together, a short silence does much improve conversation: this I found to be true; for during those little intermissions of talk, new ideas would arise in their minds, which very much enlivened discourse."

2 comments:

Lucy said...

The title alone of this post is intensely inviting...

Plutarch said...

I thought so to and nearly let them stand on their own.