The “Hunger for Silence” – Benedict XVI’s theme makes Canadian TV

Our world gets louder and louder and louder and LOUDER.

Pope Benedict XVI has recently spoken on the subject of silence. In fact, his Message for World Communications Day focused on the need for more silence in our media-/noise-/image-/-saturated world. Funny how the Pope has his ‘ear to the ground’ (so to speak) and gets it right so often…

Last month, the Holy Father’s theme made a cameo during Canadian TV show “Strombo” hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos (who went to Catholic school, by the way). His guest was the author of a book I’m currently devouring: Susan Cain’s QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. During the interview, Cain said:

There really is a cultural trend where people are kind of hungering for silence, and for solitude…for more simplicity, because I think that part of people has not been fed.

Watch the full interview (8:40) for some insights into our noisy, extravert-loving, unsatisfied society (and don’t miss Cain’s outstanding book). She also gave a popular TEDtalk.


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