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May 11th, 2019

Silence

I recently read a book entitled “Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives” by Jane Brox.

And I thought that it would be about nature because, for me, nature and silence go together. However, the first chapter “Philadelphia’s Eastern Penitentiary, 1829: Experiment in Silence” surprised me. For I suppose that in this case silence was used as a punishment.

I never thought of silence as something that would hurt me. The forest for me was always both comforting and serene.

As a youth I was a severe stutterer. The forest was both welcoming and forgiving. It was not always trying to correct my speech or my collection of words. It was a safe place to be quiet, to not have to speak. We understood each other as partners.

In later years I was invited to take part in a Vision Quest as part of a Native American Indian ritual. The Vision Quest required me to spend three nights on a mountain top (the Catskill Mountains).

The result was a sore back but a new appreciation of the quietness and beauty that surrounded me. When I look back on this experience I smile with pleasure. I marvel that I was not frightened to be alone on that mountain. I felt like I was on a vacation, alone, and away from all human contact, not having to speak.

After reading Brox’s book, I wondered how I would endure solitary confinement. It was often a thought I had. Would my comfort of being alone help me in such a situation?
It was a good lesson that I learned and that I remember clearly—not ever being afraid of silence.

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Daniel Kielson, Ed.D.
BYNC, President

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Daniel is the founder and President of BYNC, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that connects children and adults with the wonders of nature. Prior to BYNC, Daniel has been a volunteer at the Willowbrook Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center providing care for injured and orphaned native wildlife.

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