Posted by: Inside-Out Peace | April 26, 2010

Noise is to Knowledge as Signal is to …

This is an answer to the question at the end of my last post, where I bemoaned the present level of wisdom as inadequate to deal with the level of information flooding our airwaves and concluded the only solution is for all of us to increase our level of wisdom, but had no answer to “how do we do that?” 

I went back to the writings of Rabbi Tatz and found that he had already provided an answer: silence.  Our inner mind (wisdom) can only be heard and developed when we quiet the outer mind (knowledge).  This morning I thought of an analogy to the signal to noise ratioThe signal is what you want to hear, the noise is everything that comes along with it that gets in the way.  Anyone who’s tuned an analog radio has an experience of this.  As you get close to the station you want, you hear more and more of the music and less and less of the static or music of other radio stations.  Your station is the signal, everything else is the noise.

Now, in this analogy, all the “knowledge” flying around our media is the noise.  Wisdom is the signal.  We get the signal by tuning in to it, i.e. by silencing the noise.  I invite anyone who’s read this far, to spend the next 10 minutes without any music or TV on and not reading anything — just tuning in to your inner signal.

Update: After you’ve spent your 10 minutes listening to your own signal, here is a wonderful account of how one family’s experience with quieting all the outer noise one Shabbat gave them “a clarity and peace that would be tough to duplicate any other way.”

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