I know the sound of two hands clapping and sometimes I try to figure out the sound of one hand clapping (as the Zen koan goes). But recently I’ve discovered the sound of loneliness.
What is the sound of loneliness?
It isn’t silence.
Some of us actively seek silence. Some of us like solitude. But that’s aloneness, not loneliness.
Lonely is feeling invisible in a crowd. Or unheard in the melee. Lonely is when you want to talk to someone…anyone…and all you can hear is telephones ringing and no one to pick them up. Lonely is when you want to talk to one person only and everyone in the world but that person wants to talk to you.
The sound of a telephone ringing till it gets cut is the loneliest sound in the world. Whichever end you are at.