THE legendary mime Marcel Marceau once released a recording titled The Best of Marcel Marceau. It consisted of 40 minutes of silence followed by a thunderous applause.
Strangely, this gimmick recording sold so well that the French mime released a “special’’ version for children. It was the same recording of silence, with a different cover.
In 1953, the most popular jukebox selection in the nosiest US restaurants was a record appropriately titled Three Minutes Of Silence.
There have been interesting attempts at times to make this a quieter world. Yet this is probably the noisiest age of our planet. We generally fear silence, filling in the gaps between speech with background television or music; anything to avoid the awkward silence. We even try to muffle noise with noise, turning up the iPods to blank out the sound of commuters in the street or the trains.
The irony is that it is in silence where we are mostly likely to hear God. Psalm 46:10 states: “Be still, and know that I am God’’. Being still reminds us that God is in control, and we are called to simply be, not do. Perhaps that’s why we avoid the silence — it’s confronting.