Silence in the age of noise.

A short excerpt from the book ‘Silence in the age of noise’ by Erling Kagge.
Erling is a Norwegian explorer who was the first person to reach the North Pole unsupported. He is also the first person to complete the so-called 3 poles challenge, reaching the North Pole, South Pole and the summit of Everest.

Most of the people I meet have enough knowledge to fill nine lives. There has never been a book written that can tell you more than what you yourself have experienced.

So, take a deep breath. Not much is required to understand silence and how you can take pleasure in shutting out the world. This bit of knowledge, as the poet Olav H. Hauge writes, is something which your heart has always possessed:

When it comes to the punch, there’s
So little left to do, and that tiny bit
The heart has always known.

Which paths lead to silence? Certainly trips into the wild. Leave your electronics at home, take off in one direction until there’s nothing around you. Be alone for three days. Don’t talk to anyone. Gradually you will rediscover other sides of yourself.


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