By Sara Maitland
The seriously acclaimed memoir of a look for silence that accomplished a shock good fortune a lot noisier than its subject...
After a loud upbringing as one among six little ones, and maturity as a vocal feminist and mom, Sara Maitland started to crave silence. over the last 5 years, she has spent sessions of silence within the Sinai wasteland, the Australian bush, and the Isle of Skye. She interweaves those stories with the background of silence via fairy-tale and delusion, Western and jap spiritual traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, as much as the ambivalence in the direction of silence in modern society. Maitland has outfitted a hermitage on an remoted Scottish moor, and the publication culminates powerfully along with her studies of silence during this new domestic.
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One evening, it was on the famous August 6, 1945, the broadcast was interrupted and the speaker announced that the US Air force had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. There were not many people in the room who understood what this meant, but everybody was shocked. My father explained to me that this had to do with the relation between mass and energy of Einstein. This impressed me very much, and since I could not follow the details of this explanation, it remained recorded in my mind as one of the (many) things I would like to understand in my future studies.
This learning by heart was one of the most unpleasant duties of my school years. That is why I also never considered studying medicine, although the subject itself attracted me. My interest in philosophy arose due to my father’s lesson on pantheism, the meaning of which I interpreted as nature governing itself by its own laws and that to understand these laws you have to study sciences of nature. I soon realized that it was no accident that in the past philosophers had also studied science. However, the time when one individual could study all scientiﬁc disciplines had passed long since; I had to make a choice.
However, the time when one individual could study all scientiﬁc disciplines had passed long since; I had to make a choice. Still, I was pondering between mathematics and physics. While it seemed to me that physics was more related to what I understood at that time by philosophy, my interest in mathematics was more of esthetical nature. I considered solving a mathematics problem a kind of amusement, comparable with that of reading an interesting book or contemplating a work of art, in other words mathematics was more fun.
A Book of Silence: A Journey in Search of the Pleasures and Powers of Silence by Sara Maitland