The silence Pablo Neruda is perhaps one of the most beautiful poems ever written.He encourages us to remain quiet and quiet, at least for a moment. It is an invitation to the participation of being through nature. It's about finding our essence to embrace kindness and respect, allowing each messy piece to find its place.
We know that the theme of silence is, without a doubt, a recurring dimension in the field of psychology.We can not, however, neglect the value he has always had in the artistic and literary disciplines. Claude Debussy said that silence is nothing more than what is contained between one note and another. So that it confers in its way more momentum and beauty to any piece of music.
Borges, meanwhile, expressed in one of his poems the beauty and depth that are contained in silence as a revealing dimension, where we can remember who we are and what we love. Among all these poetic and musical works, the message that Neruda left us with his ode,The silence, is different from all for many reasons.This is an invitation to stay still, to turn off the engine of our machines and this feeling of artificial humanity and empty to remember what is most important …
Silence as learning
Individuals usually hate silence in the same way that nature hates emptiness and hastens to fill it with scrub. Silence nourishes our imagination, but also makes us fall into the abyss of anguish, into the whirlpool of worries. We are not used to such a scenario, just like our cities, which are always inhabited by the mechanical murmur of cars, businesses that never close or insomniac industries …
We have forgotten that silence is borrowed from power, that it is didactic and that, as if it were a spell, is capable of reinforcing within us aspects that we had forgotten.. Neruda evokes in her poem a song for common reflection, regardless of our language. He tells us, as we sometimes do with children, to count to twelve and remain motionless.
It is therefore time to stop and stop everything, he said.It's time to stand still, just for a moment, dropping our arms to submerge us into the sometimes uncomfortable dimension of silence. By letting ourselves be caught by this quiet silence, by the space between the notes Debussy described, we may realize what we do with our lives.And the world.
"Now we will count to twelve
and we will all remain motionless.
For once on the earth
we do not speak in any language,
let's stop for a second,
do not move your arms as much.
It would be a scented minute,
without haste, without locomotives,
we would all be together
in an instant agitation.
The fishermen of the cold sea
would not hurt the whales
and the salt worker
would look at their broken hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
gas wars, fire wars,
victories without survivors,
would put on a pure suit
and walk with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
Do not confuse what I want
with the final inaction:
life is only what is done,
I do not want anything from death.
If we could not be unanimous
by keeping our lives moving,
maybe do nothing once,
maybe a great silence can
interrupt this sadness,
this permanent misunderstanding
and these death threats,
maybe the earth will teach us
while everything seems dead
and that everything was alive.
Now I count to twelve
and you shut up and I leave. "
Nature synonymous with kindness
Silence is an often neglected therapeutic tool and we should all use more. Silences are accommodation of thought and this space where we can better understand others, learn to be more compassionate and close to those around us. Because the silence allows us to listen and also to see with more delicacy and attention.
Neruda, meanwhile, transmits us through his poem a naturalization of silence. He evokes this connection with the earth as an approximation of our authentic being. Because there are no locomotives there, there is no orchestrated eagerness or war. Thenaturel is also the primary, this origin to which we connect from time to time to find the priorities, to adjust our vision to what really matters.
Silence is in this superb poetic composition a creative breathing that encourages us to exist in a different way.In a way where we can better understand ourselves, where we can be more transparent and respectful.Few cultural legacies are as powerful as these few verseswhich we should remember more often to shape a more beautiful, dignified and beneficial reality for all.
So let's do it, let's count to twelve and be silent. Let us embrace by silence.