Our auditory range is very limited as opposed to many animals. We are only able to distinguish between 300,000 to 400,000 tones and variations. However, we seldom take the time to stop and listen to what is actually going on around us. We are constantly assaulted by outside sounds and in turn choose to silence “the noise” with earplugs. Sometimes not even taking a moment to actually listen to what the other person in a conversation is saying. Taking the time to know someone is not only seeing what they look like it is also hearing their voice, and interestingly enough, listening to their footsteps which can even relay what mood a person is in. Why is it that certain people can enter a crowded room and are immediately able to pick up on the general mood of the assembled crowd? Is it that they have developed the use of all their senses? Sound is what warns us of impending danger. Why is it a mother wakes so quickly when she hears her baby cry? If it is such an important sense why has modern man tried to completely turn it off? Even the simplest sounds of a bird can be so soothing. Or even no sound at all. I recently went to a dance recital in which three women danced for one hour with no music. The silence was mesmerizing. Are we capable of cultivating our hearing so as to be able to close our eyes and decipher what surrounds us? If blind people can, why can’t we? There is an old saying “there is wisdom in hearing”. Instead of eliminating the sound of what is going on around us, it may be better to actually try to cultivate the art of listening.