14 October, 2013

Silence = Solitude?

Think about it…
Being cut off from the world and its noise.

Being cut off from human contact.
Being cut off from ego, anger, denial.

Being cut off from the annoying neighbour with the loud TV at three in the morning.
Being cut off from the warmth of hot masala chai made for you.
Being cut off from the constant phone calls that you are loathe to attend.
Being cut off from explanations, excuses.
Being cut off from heart-break and heartburn.
Being cut off from soul mates and fairweather friends.
Being cut off from diseased body and soul.
Being cut off from chocolate.
Being cut off books and food.
Being cut off from family.

Being cut off from a billion, trillion, gajillion other things that, pieced together, comprise of normal human life.

Could you live like that?
In complete silence?

Doing what you want to, when you want to, how you want to?
Being Lord and Master of your own little Universe with no one, NO ONE to question your motives, confuse you, hurt you, piss you off?
With no one to hug, cuddle, whisper, hold hands and look up to?
No one to make you doubt yourself, lower your self-worth, destroy your confidence?
With no one to fall back on with blind faith, give you sound advice, reinstate your faith in yourself?

No one. But the deep, dark silence weighing in on you as you go about daily life, brushing your teeth, lounging in your night clothes, working when you feel like until you push the laptop away and curl up with Jane Eyre.

Like living in a black hole, suspended somewhere in the time-space continuum until the Maker calls you back. (I realize that the last phrase kinda causes the volatile worlds of religion and science to collide(?), but eh.) 

Would you do it? Out of choice?

What scares me is that it sounds almost… appealing. Almost.

P.S: I really don’t know what I’m trying to say here. Somethings are better off not analyzed?
P.P.S: Inspired by Gravity, the movie.



30 comments:

  1. The first thing which came to my mind when I read the title was the movie Gravity. And voila, I hit the nail on the head. :)

    Such is the impact on me too!
    I have feared the black universe, its vastness, majesty and quietness, since forever and it took me a lot of effort to gather up my nerves and watch this movie. I'm so glad I did. :)

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    1. It IS sometimes scary how alone it can get.

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  2. Sorry for saying this, but nothing lives or exists in a black hole. In fact no one has successfully explained what happens in a black hole, yet. The space-time is also not a continuum, it's distorted at places. And it's distorted the most in a black hole. Also IMHO I don't think the world of science is volatile. Science never tells people to believe in something which it hasn't proved. Actually it is the opposite. :-)

    Now about the post. Silence is solitude..?? Yes and no. It is when that world of silence and solitude co-exists with the world of chaos around me. Not when I'm living some place far and away, all alone without any human contact.

    You know, there was an experiment where people were made to stay inside the world's quietest room. One can hear their own heart beat and sounds made by their internal organs. And the longest a person has managed to stay is 45mins. Interesting, ain't it..?? :-)

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    1. Thank you for getting technical on my ass :P You should go back the archives, there is a reason why I'm a writer and never ventured into engineering and such, hence the glaring mistakes, sorry :P

      I think it's a very very subjective thing. If you are a people person, even 15 mins of silence can be hell and if you are the opposite, then 15 mins in a room with just one other person causes the same hell.

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  3. little scary piece. But, superbly written and I loved the depth. <3

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  4. I wish sometimes that I could live like that for a day or two :P
    It would be great if we had a room like that, wouldn't it? We could just go there and live like that until we feel ok to come back.

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    1. I know, even I sometimes wish for the same, Em..

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  5. I have been so tempted to do so and almost, almost achieved that level of insanity where you start disliking slightest voice and noise. The dark silence appealed to me so much, that when I finally pulled back, I can still feel it waiting and watching me, to take me in its embrace once again.

    Lovely PeeVee! :*

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    1. Thank you, Laddu.

      And you must tell me how you did, I really want to learn to appreciate silence and the detachment that it comes with.

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  6. Appealing it sure is. But worth it, I'm not too sure.

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    1. Worth it when you are the end of the tether with the people around. Then, worth it.

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  7. Your last sentence is what I agree with the most.
    Its very appealing. And its scary that it is.

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  8. Man, it does sound appealing.
    Sighs.


    xo
    Hopelessly Hopeful
    http://welcometomypartypeople.blogspot.in/

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  9. Being my own master...and being cut out. But how long will be find that being cut out part appealing?
    Keep writing milady!!

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  10. What the! My comment is not here?!

    Umm, I had mentioned that how addicted I had become to that solitude which disillusioned me so much - I almost gave in to the (in)sanity of it all, it was dark, it was me.... but yes, away from it all, I know i wouldn't want to be there again. Loved this one PeeVee! <3

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  11. Would you believe it if I told you that I had similar thoughts running in my head after watching Gravity?
    It plays with your mind, really.
    I loved the post. Can't answer the questions though. Can I live like that? In complete silence? Who know?
    :)

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    1. A published author commenting on my blog! *dies and goes to heaven*

      Thankyoo :)

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  12. "Being cut off from the constant phone calls that you are loathe to attend" I sooooo want this now !!!
    Wanna see the movie so badly..:)

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    1. I know the feeling, so bleddy annoying everything can get :)

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  13. Got to see the movie.. It was simply awesome!!! And yeah, I remembered this post while watching it :)

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  14. Good one.
    I would like to experience that once:
    Being cut off from the world and its noise.
    Being cut off from human contact.

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    1. Welcome, Cap'n Haddock :D
      Umm, lame, I know, but the name took me back to my TinTin days :)

      We all should experience it once, even if it is just to learn to appreciate the noise.

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  15. Hi, Please accept the Liebster from my blog :) Do hop in when u get time !!
    --Seema

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    1. Thank you so very much, it is a great honor <3

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