I would feel cheated for my money.
If I had paid good money, to buy silence.
Post purchase dissonance for sure.
I would rip open the package it was delivered in, but gently, aren’t all wrapping papers engineered to shout and crackle?
I would expect a whole day’s worth of deafening silence but I’d be in for a shock.
The early morning solace, pounded by the unrelenting waves of unfinished conversations playing back from last night.
The quiet coffee lull, shattered by the newspaper screeching its warnings about the world gone mad.
A long run up the hill, without a soul in sight, would fill my head with the noise of aborted work and the instructions I never uttered.
No one plays cassettes or tapes anymore but there is a broken down tape recorder in my head that is always powered up and replaying memories and songs I have long muted.
Try stuffing your ears with cotton and your head with reverberate with the echoes of your own thoughts.
That fellow commuter,listening to music on his earphones, will still, egged on by an incensed sense of politeness, murmur pleasantries while craving his own quietude.
Makes me wonder if it’s more polite to be quiet than to break someone’s quiet.
Did you know that even the sun sets with a slight thud? Everyone’s a talker I tell you.
And don’t even get me started about bedtime orchestras.
Those crickets are my sworn enemies.
If I was really delivered that package, I would send it right back!