How much of your day (awake hours of course) is spent in total silence? No TV, radio, mp3 player, cellphone, lawnmower noise, traffic noise, vacuum cleaner, crying baby, annoying spouse, dogs, sirens, manufacturing etc.
Can you even find silence if you wanted to? It seems odd to me that a hundred and fifty years ago, most people in this country spent a good part of their day, if not in total silence, at least surrounded by natural noises, like nature etc.
Apparently that was something we needed to change because in the last century and a half we have filled our worlds with noise. Why do we need to be surrounded by artificial noises so much? I have to admit that the silence can be deafening some time, even if it only occurs for a couple of minutes.