Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Omniscient Quiet Ones


The Quiet One, from http://abstrusegoose.com

Honestly, I'm posting this because I figured this blog could use some drawings. Something visual. But this comic is interesting, in its own way. It's another one of the common perceptions that people (in general) seem to have about introverts. But this one is hard to complain about.

Often I find that others will interpret my silence as "a knowing silence." As in: "Those who know don't speak." People will read a lot into silence, after all, and sometimes what they read into it isn't so bad. Such perceptions can even become an advantage; I've been known to take advantage of them, at least.

The truth is that silence doesn't necessarily mean anything of the sort. And while I believe there's wisdom in remaining quiet at times, I just don't think there's knowledge in it.

 

7 comments:

Shaggy Brown Fedora said...

Ah, similarly here. I had a friend once say "Sometimes I'm glad you don't say much. Then everything you do say seems to bear so much more importance."

Anyway, glad to see you're posting more. Hopefully it will become a trend. :-)

Anonymous said...

I am reading this article second time today, you have to be more careful with content leakers. If I will fount it again I will send you a link

Hypothetical said...

SBF, yes, I've also heard that one. Another often-used remark is on how quiet a room gets when I start to speak; I'm told that it's because my speaking is so unusual that no one wants to miss it. I guess it's humorous, in a way.

Anon, thanks, please do.

Anonymous said...

I hate that I have to justify my silence, or at the very least, explain that "it" has no offensive properties...so draining. Sometimes, I'm not even listening, I'm just waiting for "you" to shut the "f" up so I can make a socially acceptable exit. For all I know, people could literally be saying, "Blah...blah...blah," and I wouldn't hear the difference.

Hypothetical said...

Anon, definitely, we shouldn't need to justify our silence.

Mr. C said...

It's like Silent Bob.

Hypothetical said...

Mr. C, :-).