this is an interesting line for me.
have you heard/seen the Nooma series?
theres a nooma title noise and after a couple of minutes of causing the viewer to think about all the noise they cram into their lives the screen goes silent and all there is left is words posing questions on a black screen.
i played it to my youthies. and got them to think about the ways they crowd their lives with noise. and we got talking about why silence is so hard to be comfortable with.
to be able to be comfortable with silence means you have to be comfortable in yourself. because when there is no one talking then you are with your mind and well... sometimes talking about nothing is much much much easier... you know?
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
Hmm....I agree with this. Many people do not listen in a conversation; they simply await their turn to speak. Others feel the need to keep talking to avoid those "awkward silences"; mostly, they're just talking but not saying anything at all.
I like this piece. It's very simple, but your thoughts on it are intriguing. It reminds me of a friend I once had; she was a girl of few words, though not shy. She'd often stride next to me in silence, although it wasn't "awkward" or out of place. Without any words, we communicated the most. I think a conversation is a good indicator of a person; the best judgment is not based on looks, but on words (or lack of, in this case). Nice little contemplative piece =]
If conversation is a true barometer of psychological disposition, then you're probably correct. People who speak constantly may act rashly under adverse circumstances. Of course, the opposite may also be true, they may speak freely and do absolutely nothing at all when a decision is required of them.
Conclusion of the post: a thoughtful person will be a thoughtful speaker. Well, as a general rule, that might work. But be careful of the exceptions. Some will tell you exactly what you'd like to hear.