SILENCE & THE SPEAKING OF STONES

Americans have built a base even at the South Pole…. One year there were ninety-nine residents who celebrated Christmas together at the base. Someone had smuggled in ninety-nine stones and handed out one apiece as Christmas gifts, keeping one for themselves. Nobody had seen stones for months. Some people hadn’t seen stones for more than a year. Nothing but ice, snow and man-made objects. Everyone sat gazing at their stone. Holding it in their hands, feelings its weight, without uttering a word.”

—Erling Kagge, Silence in the Age of Noise.

January 14, 2018


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