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Vow of Silence — 9 Comments

  1. This reminds me of the Three Gates of Speech common in Buddhist teaching. Before speaking one asks him or herself three questions:

    Is it true?
    Is it kind?
    Is it necessary?

    Only if one can answer yes to all three questions does one speak. While I would like to live in this manner myself, I find it all but impossible to do so. If you’d like to read an article on this idea, check out this web page:

    http://www.sallykempton.com/yjarticles/metalkpretty.html

  2. Btw, thanks for this post, it has given me something to ponder for the next few days and possible blog post as well. After all, what the use of all that pondering if one can’t spout off what one ponders in a blog, even if it is pondering about silence : )

  3. Neal, knowing you, this is a noble endeavor, indeed. However, to your friends, your opinions (while not always mutually agreed with) are welcome and provide ample fodder for a good conversation. I’ll be interested to read the resutls of your experiment in this blog.

  4. I guess it would be inappropriate to this post if I give my unsolicited opinion?? Hee. But It’s ok to use big words. Language should be used and you don’t want to fall into the trap of censorship 😉 And no one knows if you’re talking to yourself as long as no one’s around. Good luck Neal. This isn’t going to be easy for you!!! But I think you can do it.

  5. Ahh, Trait — you’re an awesome friend, and I’ve been missing that here. Wanna leave behind your cool new high-paying job and comfy new house and join me at Seminary for the next few years?

  6. I started a blog a year ago just so that I could practice paring down my words, at least in writing. So far I haven’t posted anything. Sad, huh?

    This is a hard but necessary discipline for us verbosites! I’ll pray for you, if you pray for me. In keeping with your 5 guidelines, we could just mention each other’s names because God can probably figure out the rest. Deal?

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