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    Default Silence is golden?

    Years ago, in a rain-soaked, wind-beaten outbuilding an aging woman announced, 'Empty vessels make the most noise'.

    She died of a terrible, degenerative brain condition - screaming over a period of many months, oblivious to the irony.

    So: do empty vessels make the most noise?

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    LOL
    who was that woman ?

    anyway, I see no relation between her personal philosophy and her biological condition. poor woman.

    yes, empty vessels make the most noise.
    and groups adjust to the lowest common denominator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bananatrombones View Post
    Years ago, in a rain-soaked, wind-beaten outbuilding an aging woman announced, 'Empty vessels make the most noise'.

    She died of a terrible, degenerative brain condition - screaming over a period of many months, oblivious to the irony.

    So: do empty vessels make the most noise?
    Silence is bliss.
    The Protestants invented the leaf blower.
    An instrument from hell.

    It serves no purpose.
    The wind blows the leaves already.

    You have been unfaithful to your wife. Do not tell her.
    Tell your priest.
    A additional sin does not wipe out the original sin. It adds to it.

    The Catholics practise Omerta.
    They not only live longer.
    They live happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    Silence is bliss.
    The Protestants invented the leaf blower.
    An instrument from hell.

    It serves no purpose.
    The wind blows the leaves already.

    You have been unfaithful to your wife. Do not tell her.
    Tell your priest.
    A additional sin does not wipe out the original sin. It adds to it.

    The Catholics practise Omerta.
    They not only live longer.
    They live happy.
    LOL
    aren't you confusing Catholics with the mob ? or maybe all the same ? :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by bananatrombones View Post
    So: do empty vessels make the most noise?
    Some noises are more irritating than others. Brass instruments, for example....
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    Gosh, the world looks so small from up here on my high horse of menstruation.

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    It's entirely relevant to the situation at hand. It's not black and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    Silence is bliss.
    The Protestants invented the leaf blower.
    An instrument from hell.

    It serves no purpose.
    The wind blows the leaves already.

    You have been unfaithful to your wife. Do not tell her.
    Tell your priest.
    A additional sin does not wipe out the original sin. It adds to it.

    The Catholics practise Omerta.
    They not only live longer.
    They live happy.
    Brilliant and perceptive as always, Wildcat.

    Codes of silence are particular to Latin cultures, although latins are ironically more noisy people (forgive my generalisation). Silence is a void to be filled, unless it is already filling the space - with a conspicuous gap. That's the point: the silence is a statement. It's not what you say, it is what you leave out.

    Only an Italian could say with a straight face: if I live, I will kill you; if I die, I will forgive you.

    And all the more frightening it is when the joker turns assassin.

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    I have found that I am admired by most of the people with whom I am the quietest. (This is the biggest group of people.)

    I have found that I am loved by the most of the people with whom I am the most talkative. (A few close family and friends.)

    I'd rather be loved than admired any day.
    "My Journey is my Destination."

    "Today Counts Forever." R.C. Sproul

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    Noise is in the ear of the listener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    Noise is in the ear of the listener.
    What if no one's listening, only talking?

    Only the other night, on the way home, I had the dubious pleasure of standing at a bar reading a newspaper, when I was interrupted by an overweight fellow in a sporting costume (he must've been immune to the irony) and with a passion for "the beautiful game".

    I told him politely and with respect - always with respect - that I wasn't interested in the football. But he insisted on talking; the more he talked, the more his bald head glistened and his ridiculous goetee beard looked like spikes of twitchy wire, vibrating in time to his brain waves. He looked like a pirate transplanted in time, here to London. 2009. April. Knocking-off time.

    But I had sussed his game. He was trying to get a free pint! And now he was waiting for me to generously offer one, perhaps as a thank you or just to get rid of him, neither of which mattered, as both stategies rely on social niceties to work.

    So I told him he had won the award for the most boring man I'd met that day and his forfeit was to buy me another pint. His admission that he was skint confirmed my suspicions about the ruse. But now the begging bowl had come out, the dynamics had changed once more.

    How could I not give little Oliver another bowl of gruel? And still the sports talk continued. Chelsea this, Arsenal that. Yada yada. Please, sir, can I have some more?

    But would I give in to this scoundrel? That is the question.

    Well, you can't say no to your dad. So I bought the old bugger a pint.

    It's the last time I meet him on a Wednesday.

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    Off topic. Which professions requires silence? - I can think of only two; a librarian and an assassin. Noisy librarians might find work, but a noisy assassin won't last long.

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