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."


Lucy said...

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

Unknown said...

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