An interesting short interview in Natural Awakenings with author and publisher Erling Kagge, author of a new book about the importance of silence:
Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before?
Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking.