Silence (Excerpt II)
By Zhao Lihong
Indeed, for a living being there is no such thing as true
silence, for silence itself is a revelation of the mind and the
heart, an echo of the soul of a different form.
Some people use silence as a disguise of the emptiness of
Some use it as a means to depict their disorientation and
And some use it as a way of expressing their angers and
Silence usually is ephemeral. It reminds one of the bronze
bells dangling from a pagoda's eaves; on windless days they are
a decoration upon the age-weathered beauty, but with wind they
give out wonderful tinkling and jingling metallurgic sounds, as
if echoing age-old stories of long, long ago...
Do you not think the same of silent people?
They say that "silence is golden", but of what
nature is this "gold"? It can include integrity,
honesty and kindness; it can stand for indifference to and
detachment from fame and fortune; but it can also act as an
excuse for hypocrisy, slyness and cowardice... the glittering of
gold may not necessarily be the most brilliant lustre in the
Can it be that permanent silence is only represented by
Perhaps even death cannot represent true silence, for the
carrier of the soul can turn into dust, so that the sincere and
wise voices from the bottom of the heart will trigger
long-lasting echoes in the seas of human hearts...
Dictionary of Contemporary English上摘两个例句看一看：Did
you hear the explosion? Indeed I did. / I didn't mind. Indeed, I