Imagine standing in a courtyard full to the brim with screaming, babbling, jabbering people. Beneath the babble and babel is a profound silence.
Imagine clearing this court, one by one, of these people so that the hubbub dies down by infinitesimal degrees. Don’t think about where those people go.
Imagine being in the now empty courtyard. The underlying silence has now been replaced by actual peace and quiet.
Imagine that you lock the doors to the courtyard and begin to enjoy this silence. The peace stretches out. The quiet embraces you. Nothing becomes your being.
Suddenly there comes a knock at the door.
When you open the door, there stands a silent horde. One of those people steps forward slowly and says ‘I fear that peace has lost meaning for you.’
What’s that all about?