"No more talking, singing, zip."

@Lore2009 (7388)
United States
November 2, 2011 6:09pm CST
In college, I met a boy who was mute. He had a little machine with him always and he'd write his questions and comment on there and that was how he'd communicate. Until one day, we had a class presentation, and he got up in front of the class and started presenting his presentation... orally! I was shocked!!! Me and my other friend just looked at each other and we were a little upset. After class, I asked him what the deal was and he said it was a silent protest for something(can't remember)... and he'd done it for a few months. I can't remember what his presentation was about because I was so distracted by the revelation! Ha! Anyways, have you ever been completely silent for over 3 or 6 months in your life? What was that experience like? If you haven't, do you think you'd be able to? How do you think you're life may change from this?
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@Liliac26 (558)
• Romania
2 Nov 11
I'm not the most talkative person, but I don't think I would be able to keep silent for 24 hours, let alone a few months. I'd have to stay indoors by myself all the time, without a phone, and I'd still find myself humming or singing. People are social beings and need to communicate. I'd rather go on a hunger strike than not speak for so long.
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@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
3 Nov 11
Me too, I wouldn't be able to do it, since I like humming and singing to myself even though I'm not so talkative either. But if the options were a hunger strike vs. a silence strike... I don't know, haha! I'd rather be silent!!
• United States
3 Nov 11
I don't talk much but I am not sure if I could do it or not, maybe I could if it was for a cause I believed in but to just decide to not talk one day I wouldn't make it long. I have heard of people taking a vow of silence until they achieve something also, like in this movie I watched "Little Miss Sunshine" The little girls brother takes a vow of silence until someone came back from war( I think that was the reason) I have also heard of monks taking vows of silence. I just think that no matter the cause if you have enough devotion to stick with it then good for you.
@Jargoness (1191)
• Israel
3 Nov 11
Actually her brother decided to take a vow of silence until he was able to get in the Air Force.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
3 Nov 11
I don't think I can do it either. I love "Little Miss Sunshine" and it was so he can get into the air force as Jargoness has said.
• United States
5 Nov 11
Yes that was the reason he stopped talking, it has been a wail since I saw this movie, thank you for reminding me :)
• United States
3 Nov 11
I talk a lot in my mind, but I'm not a big talker face to face. I'm pretty quiet.. but I don't think I could go 6 months without saying "pass the salt" or whatever. I love talking to my animals and even my stuffed animals and my baby boy doll... I think I would be really frustrated if I couldn't express myself when I wanted to.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
3 Nov 11
Yeah, me too.. I'm not talkative either, but if I can't even call my cat to get his attention.. sheesh, must be hard. But maybe if there's a good enough reason for me, I may be able to do it.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
3 Nov 11
Woaw it's really hard not to talk and completely be silent for that long. I am not so talkative in class and whenever I am new at work. But I can't keep my mouth shut all throughout the day! What is his reason for silently protesting? ^^
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
3 Nov 11
I don't remember :(. But I agree.. I think it must have been difficult... but I guess if there's a good enough reason for it, it may be worth it???
@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
3 Nov 11
I like to remain in silent sometimes but , for so many months that will be a suffering I like to talk and share a lot. I was in a convent for six months (yes , I was going to be a nun) and We used to have 2 days afte dinner totally silent, can not talk or sing or make any kind of noise, and I liked it but they were few hours, Also I went to silent reatreats for 3 days. I guess is not that long like this guy did . He was so brave , but , I guess for the mayority of men that will be ok , they are not much talkative.
• United States
2 Nov 11
To get me to do something like this. My mouth would need to be shut down and either taped real good or sewn. I could not imagine my life silent like that. Nor would I want to even think about how my life would be without talking.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
3 Nov 11
Hahha, yeah, I thought it was pretty amazing... even though I'm not a talkative person myself.
@celticeagle (120516)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 11
I don't think I could keep totally quiet for six months, let alone six hours or minutes. I think life would change alot. Just asking for something at the dinner table or wanting something at the store. I am so used to speaking up it would be very hard to get used to not talking.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
6 Nov 11
I have always been referred to as the mouth, I can't really guess how I would cope without it. After all the world would hardly spin with out my telling it to. Where would all those unused words go, would they just be wasted in space? How would I ever get them back and would my weight go down from lack of words to eat? I might even suffer from lack of exercise due to no longer being able to get my foot in my mouth. It's very early here and I needed to start with a laugh. Thanks
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
5 Nov 11
No, sounds crazy... but then again, my former roommate tried doing an hour of silence every night - but when I got a job where I learned sign language, I guess it didn't work any more... I think she was trying to control her gift of gab, but if she had used it as silent contemplation it might've worked...