1 x Lunchbreak
Almost 50 years ago, Simon & Garfunkel wrote a prophetic folk song called “Sounds of Silence”.
They had a vision softly creeping. A vision of a future where technology shone brightly and was embraced by ten thousand people, maybe more.
But it was a future dominated by loneliness and darkness, because people were talking without speaking and hearing without listening. People were suppressing the deepest feelings that sang in their hearts, because nobody really cared. No one dared to speak … no one dared to listen … no one dared to be honest about how they really were … no one dared disturb the sound of silence.
They saw wisdom and common sense being replaced by anonymous strangers masquerading as prophets, writing words on walls. In this future, they saw people bowing their heads to worship the technology they had made, it absorbed them completely.
5o years later, has social networking fulfilled their prophecy?
Do we really know what it means to be a “Friend”?
Do we dare do something other than “Like” what others say?
Do we reject sound teaching, prefering to source our wisdom from words others “Post” on a “Wall”?
Do we feel safer hiding behind a surrogate life called a “Profile”, a “Tweet”, or “Blog”?
Do we prefer to have a “Status” that does not disturb the sound of silence?
Have we become a people who prefer to sit alone in the darkness with the sound of silence, rather than face the reality of relationships which involve caring, tears and pain?
“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed In the wells of silence.