Lockdown may be a socially alienating experience, but for this academic, art has been especially redeeming.
Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.
Monasticism developed in part because people were seeking the solace of quiet places But finding solitude was a struggle. And many realized that true silence could be found only within.
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Many studies have shown that time outdoors is good for our physical health. Three wilderness education experts explain why periods alone in nature also provide mental and spiritual benefits.
The aliens of A Quiet Place track their prey by hearing something outside the norm.
Is noise the real monster? Or is it our own intolerance of unwanted sounds?
For those who are finding the social distancing isolating, here are some lessons from ancient hermits, who often found joy in being alone.