Have you ever experienced complete silence? It’s exceedingly rare. In our daily lives, we’re constantly receiving input. Traffic noise is always in the background. Heating, cooling, electrical systems—these sounds are constant. We even hear music and commercials while we pump gas. The first time I experienced complete silence was in the Southern Utah desert. It was profound. I was sitting outside in the Arches National Park campground. When a hawk flew overhead, I could hear its wings beating. That’s when...

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