Silence: In the Age of Noise
Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever?
Erling Kagge, the Norwegian adventurer and polymath, once spent fifty days walking solo in Antarctica with a broken radio. In this meditative, charming an...more
Full of quotes and examples from philosophers, other explorers and writers, it's as if Kagge has Googled up 'quotes on silence' and writt ...more
Kagge is an explorer and entrepreneur whose worldview is close to 180 degrees away from my own. He seems earnest, but entirely humorless and enraptured by rich people problems. He also, in my mind, has never met an anecdote from which he can't draw the wrong conclusion.
He starts the book with a story about his teenage daughters at dinner expressing a disdain for silence and wanting to "quickly pull their smartphones out to find the answer." To shock them into valuing si ...more
Kagge believes that there is power in silence. Silence is not a negative thing but seems to be something that many of us avoid. We tr ...more
Totally in love with this little 160 page meditation on silence. Will definitely be revisiting this one.
Thoughts for Pondering:
*It is easy to assume that the essence of technology is technology itself, but that is wrong. The essence is you and me. It’s about how we are altered by the technology we employ, what we hope to learn, our relationship with nature, those we love, the time we spend, the en ...more
Sadly the modern world isn't like that. We are bombarded by a cacophony of sounds and noise all day long. Our phones squeak for attention every few minutes, the noise from traffic on a road is constant over the course of a day, even most modern kitchen appliances make lots of unnecessary beeps even when you turn them on and off now days. Is there anywhere that could be described as silent on our planet? Even in a meadow on an almost s ...more
I returned almost two weeks later. I sought seasonal cards to send to family members in a sudden realization of love and adoration. I wanted to tell my siblings how much I loved them without words—as they would never suffi ...more
Silence is the account of experiences from Erling Kagge, a Norwegian explorer, about what is silence, how to achieve inner silence and how to connect to our being no matter where we are.
I wouldn’t categorize this as a self-help ...more
'Silence' by Erling Kagge, translated by Betty L. Crook
3 stars/ 6 out of 10
The whole subject of solitude and silence is of great interest to me, and I have already read several books on this topic. I was interested in reading this new book by Erling Kagge, the Norwegian explorer and adventurer.
The main body of this book consists of thirty-three sections, which look at various aspects of the 3 questions that Kagge raises: 'What is silence? Where is it? Why is it more important now than ever?'
Some lines I liked:
"You set yourself a goal and c ...more
I loved the photography in the book, it was beautiful and serene.
The author spent 50 days in Antarctica and learnt to appreciate the importance and value of silence. I agree that the world is so busy and noisy, with people turning into smart phone zombies and scar ...more
I also love the imagery Erling paints about the silence of the arctic. I can just picture the snow and the various layers of white and ice and I can almost feel the cold. I love that part of this book.
I love the viewpoints on boredom, being imprisoned in oneself, learning about the sounds bouncing ar ...more
“We live in the age of noise. Silence is almost extinct.”
Philosopher and adventurer Erling Kagge - the first person to reach the ‘three poles’ of North, South and the summit of Everest - explores the power of silence, examining the important part it plays in music.
Read by Cal MacAninch
Abridged and produced by Eilidh McCreadie