What would you give up?

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As kids we would speculate about what we would give up. An ear? Your nose? All your hair? Your left arm? Your toes. Most of us were willing to give up a finger or toe but not a thumb. Not an arm or a leg. We didn’t want to give up any of our senses, but if we had to give up one, most of us were willing to give up speech before anything else. We felt you could write notes easily enough but giving up hearing or sight , smell or taste seemed like it would be too much to bear.

We wanted to see the sunrise, smell bacon cooking, hear someone sneaking up on us in the dark. We wanted both legs to run away. Speech? Like the little mermaid we didn’t have much to say anyway. We were willing to have our voice cut out. We could write it all down. We could be silent.

I wouldn’t want to give up anything now. Mostly I wouldn’t give up reading or listening to music or writing or thinking. Silence is under rated. I need more silence.
Ursula LeGuin says,
It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.

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