On Beethoven and the Gifts of Silence


In our current techno-cultural moment, we’re constantly connected to a humming online hive mind of takes and urgency and quantified influence.

Sometimes, it seems, there’s long term advantage in removing “society’s soundtrack” from your ears, even if in the moment the absence is acute. As Beethoven so vividly demonstrates, you can’t really hear yourself until you’re able to turn down the volume on everyone else.

Consider how different Elm would be if Evan didn’t intentionally work the way he does.


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