Turn Down The Volume

A sign of my age is that it seems that everything is getting louder. Not just music, but it seems that the decibel levels have been elevated everywhere, even when it is merely a conversation between people with opposing views. Someone must have told TV commentators that shouting emphasizes one’s point for arguing and shouting is the norm. My sport of football used to be about blocking and tackling. Now it seems jawing at one’s opponent is a skill to be honed. The same applies to basketball and seems to be creeping into other sports as well. Even at golf tournaments there always is someone screaming “you’re the man’” everytime a golfer tees off.

It also breaks my heart to watch crowds of people screaming at the police, a politician, or anyone in authority. Our ears have an automatic shut off switch when the level of screaming reaches a certain level. Solutions aren’t reached when someone is pouring out hatred at the top of one’s lungs.

Like I said it is probably a sign of my age, but there is always been a part of me that is attracted to the strong, silent individual who listens a lot more than he or she talks. It’s not true, but to me, a quiet individual appears smarter and knows a secret none of the rest of us does.
I do know one thing — it is in the silence that we hear the voice of God.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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