Noise in the City

As I worked in my office on a quiet Saturday morning, my concentration was shattered by the noise of builders’ jack hammer drilling in the road some thirty yards outside the building in which i am trying to work. My room is four floors above street level and in the middle of London Saturday is usually a day of relative quiet, but not this Saturday.

I wonder how many good ideas are spoiled by noise; silence aids concentration and concentration aids thinking.

There is no music in the sound of the drill; there is no pleasant rhythm and the workman tries to tear up the road surface to dig down for whatever good reason causes him to dig. Around are people working, sleeping in, or perhaps trying to listen and all their concentration on their activities is spoiled.

As I write the drill has changed its tone to a slightly softer, less annoying, less ear shattering one, as it breaks through the hardest surface and now figs up the softer sub surface.

I am sorry to have shared this with you. All it can do is make you appreciate that your are not listening to the noise of pneumatic road jack hammer drills right now, and enjoy the sound of silence.

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