Ropke: The Realm of Sound

“It is not that mere absence of sound is the ideal. There is also a silence of nothingness, the hush of death, stillness in places where we miss the singing of the farm maids, the village band on the green, the warbling of the nightingale, the fanfares from the church tower, the sound of the post horn, the accordion at dusk under the lime tree, the thump of the threshing flail, the crow of the cock. In the realm of sound, too, there is a ‘natural’ order appropriate to man, and what is bad and a cause of boredom is that we hear road drills and motor scooters but not people singing for sheer joy of life.”

– Wilhem Röpke, A Humane Economy (p. 86)


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