Lang Co is a popular tourist destination which connects the ancient city of Hue and Da Nang, the largest commercial city in central Vietnam. Lang Co, which is always crowded with locals and tourists, is usually lively and vibrant, especially the local market.
Now the streets of Lang Co are empty and quiet. The calm atmosphere and fine view at monasteries and temples render our inner souls relaxed, tranquil and peaceful, but the quietness due to the outbreak brings us — especially youths and children — a frightening, heavy, uncomfortable silence as we have yet to grow accustomed to the silence. However, all events and situations give us useful lessons and messages.Top of Form
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Through this pandemic, we are learning how to maintain deep silence and return to ourselves.
Thirty years ago, William Shannon observed: “We are living in an age of words. We are suffocated, buried and flooded by words from all sides. And those words often convey little impression to us as they are too much and superficial. They fail to come out of silence but noise.”
His remarks are even more relevant in this information age when people are filled with superficial, false and biased information. People race against time, live in a hurry, work in haste, eat in a rush and speak quickly.
Silence is fertile land for rice to grow. Silence is a mother’s womb for thoughts to take form
“In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves.” (Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 46th World Communications Day — Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization)
Silence is fertile land for rice to grow. Silence is a mother’s womb for thoughts to take form. If we do not retreat into silence, our speech will lack depth and our words are meaningless. If we always speak pointless words, we never hear anything, never become anything and in the end, because we speak before we have anything to say, we become those who cannot speak.