Metaphysics (?)

Sometimes, you brain makes a connection where you’ve never seen any… I was explaining to a friend how we all become more connected in the computer sense of the term and less connected as human being. With Instant Messagers, blogs, community portals, and stuff, we get to “know” much more people than our parents did, without any distance-related problems. And yet, it sometimes is very hard to synchronize our timetables to get a drink with a friend… And then the radio played “The Sound of Silence”, from Simon & Garfunkel.

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of
A neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

Fools said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whispered in the sounds of silence.

Am I the only one to see the exact phenomenon I was talking about? We walk mostly alone in real life (yes, we have a few friends and some family, but compared to the people we exchanged emails with, or to the number of persons in the buddy list…), and people on the internet talk without speaking, hear without listening, and share no song… And what about the Neon God they made, that’s everywhere and silent, composed only of words? Isn’t that a very accurate description of the Internet?

I know that the authors didn’t have the Internet in mind when they wrote the song, but it feels so… accurate, in context.


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