quiet essay, pt 3

digital devices in our bedroom:
Stereo system, CD player broken
Discman
Three-piece speaker system
Playstation 3
Nintendo Wii
Television with DVD and VHS players
Fax machine, broken
Cell phone

foyer:
Printer
Scanner
Laptop
Flat-screen monitor
DSL Internet router
Wireless router
External hard drive
DVD burner

living room:
Two-piece speaker system
Laptop
Sound mixing board
Micro Modulator
USB MIDI hub
Digital effects processor
Laptop
WACOM tablet and pen
Cell phone
Cell phone
Projector
Microcontroller
iPod
Playstation Portable
Nintendo DS
GPS Bluetooth transmitter
MP3 player

The apartment is filled with digital technology, whispering an incessant low-level hum. Thirty-three electronic devices, enormously successful at creating noise. Not the noise of audio or video streams, but the noise of distraction.

Can they create a space of quiet within oneself? A place of calm, of quiet, but not emptiness. Even what is “empty” space is filled with air. Air you can breathe. A place of quiet where you are attentive. Where you are mindful.

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