Did you know some theatre companies drop the last couple of pages of ‘Hamlet’, because they like Hamlet’s dying words, “the rest is silence” as the last line?
Silence is not necessarily death: it is not necessarily the end. Like most people, I am worried. I have relatives who might need ICU beds before the year’s out. I have a micro-business that won’t stand a quarter with no earnings, and bills to be paid. I could end up selling my house.
But between all the worries, I’ve spent hours – the time increases each day – reading people’s comments and articles about how we might change, and going outside and staring, simply, quietly staring at the sky. This is what it looks like today.
We have found out that we really can make things stop. We really can decide to do things differently, and get on with it. For a couple of years, I thought Occupy was the way, and involved myself in some of those actions – did you? Then I thought Corbyn’s Labour Party might be the way, and I involved myself in that – did you?
Have those things tragically gone away, to no good affect? I don’t think so – we have learned things. Please take the time, now, to digest the fact that we’ve just learned something else. We can make things stop. Here’s something to help fix the idea in our minds.
I live on the out-most circle of the aircraft pattern for the London airports (as do most people in the south east!) and my house sits on the ring-road of our small town (mysteriously, almost in the very centre of town). Usually, the prevailing noise, traffic, pretty much drowns out bird and breeze sounds. Usually, the sky is a crosshatch of aircraft trails, with a smog-grey streak somewhere near the horizon. This is what it looks like today…
I can’t show you, in a video, how that air smells – but I can show you the unbroken blue, and give you the sound. Please watch the video, then go outside and think about how silence may not be the end. Silence can be a thinking space, a learning space, a drawing of breath and a flexing of muscles, ready for…… what?
Please keep talking to others – by any means you can, from zoom to yelling across a 2-meter spread of air in the street. Please keep thinking, please keep planning. We can do – whatever enough of us want to do.