The Fruits of Civilization (69) Noise


Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. ~ German French sculptor, painter, and poet Jean Arp

People make a terrible racket with their clamorous machines. The effect is unnerving. Traffic, airplanes, and other hubbub take a significant toll on nearby animals, humans included. Noise lessens the quality of life and lifespan for all within earshot.

As you raise background sound levels it has the same effect on your hearing that fog has on your vision. ~ American bio-acoustical ecologist Kurt Fristrup

Much of the wild is disquiet, but animals evolved in these habitats, and so are accustomed to living amid Nature’s own cacophony. In contrast, the sonic bedlam of humans ladles tremendous tension.

Noise is an imposition on sanity, and we live in very noisy times. ~ American musician Joan Baez

Artificial noises don’t just confuse and distress: they drown out what animals need to hear to survive. Predators have trouble finding prey. Prey cannot hear approaching predators. Songs of love are lost, and thereby the prospects for future generations.