Noise, in general, is chaotic or random sound.
Danny personifies noise.
He has a foul mouth, and talks constantly in a loud voice, usually about other people. His elbows are always sticking out, and he talks with these wild hand gestures like you see in a rap video. For some reason, he insists on sitting at my favorite table at meals. More than one of us are actually happy when he doesn’t come.
In my years working at the dollar store, I found needless noise a great stressor. It may stress me out less now given the internal silence I have achieved.
Disadvantaged people will sit side by side and hold a conversation shouting. They’ll stand at opposite corners of a large room and hold a conversation shouting. A stranger outdoors will shout at you from 50 yards away asking for a cigarette. The noise level in their homes is often deafening.
One of the most marked differences between disadvantaged and prosperous people is this: self-disadvantaging people love noise, whereas prosperous people love peace and quiet.
Self-disadvantaging people create drama, while prosperous people create harmony.
Which do you want for yourself?
* Have the goal that, in your home, wherever you stand you’ll never hear more than one audio device (TV, stereo, etc.) at a time.
Related: Coming abstractions
(Originally posted 2014-10-29.)