5th through 12th grade has somewhat blurred together, probably since I was at the same school the entire time. I don’t remember when I was asked the age old question – If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound. Being the over analytical dork that I was/am I had a logical response. It makes a noise, not a sound. Noise is vibration, sound is perception. So have you ever felt like you were standing on the edge of a cliff screaming into the void and wondering if you were making a noise or a sound. And yes I know by standing there screaming you perceive your own vocalizations so by my definition you are making sound. But take yourself out of the equation. I know this sounds like an existential question of crisis. I haven’t lost faith in G-d or like that. It’s people I am wondering about. Sure they perceive the sound, but does anyone actually hear anyone else? I used to think so, but lately I wonder. Do I hear you through my own perceptions, do you here me? Are we all just making noise, nothing more than the semblance of sound. And before anyone starts doing wellness checks on me, I feel fantastic. I just wonder how often we truly listen to one another. How many friendships are truly based in mutual understanding and appreciation. I would guess fewer than most of us think. So Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) has passed and I made no real resolutions this year. But I am going to change that now. My job this year is to focus on hearing sound/words/meaning this year. From everyone. I make a choice to try and hear you. I am human so I use the word try, but that is my goal, my resolution.
© 2012, Corey Feldman. All rights reserved.