Elected Silence, sing to me
And beat upon my whorlèd ear,
The music that I care to hear.
--Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Habit of Perfection"
It's unfortunate, for these quiet moments are what change us, allowing us to open up to new ideas, to really hear one another, to reflect on our lives and take stock. Without quiet nights together, we drift, we forget, we fail to live on purpose.