There are times when we yearn for peace and quiet — away from the honking horns, the screeching brakes, the blaring boom boxes, the throbbing washing machines, the jarring jetliners. We treasure such periods of tranquility — periods of rest for our sensitive ears. But do you know how difficult it would be to find a moment of peace and quiet if our ears were only a bit more sensitive?
If they were but slightly more powerful, we would be tuned into the chatter of rats. Were our ears three times more powerful, we would be tuned into our own heartbeats and digestive processes. Were they five times more powerful, we would hear what field mice were saying. If they were seven times more powerful, we would hear what bats were saying.
And as the din grew louder, as more of nature’s secret sounds assaulted our sense of hearing, the possibilities for peace and quiet would decrease proportionately. If our ears were exposed…
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