“What is not said has a huge amount of meaning. The law, literature, business, history and life itself are littered with stories not told and information not given. Deutsche Bank vice chairman for Australia and New Zealand and ABC board member Steven Skala AO reflects on the power of silence.
To me, the great challenge in seeking to live a good life is the quest for understanding.
Silences and omissions, covert and overt, occur around us and cause us, positively or negatively, to shape our own experience, and most significantly, our understanding of the nature of things that are often most important to us.
We listen and respond to what is said. My hypothesis is that what is not said has a huge amount of meaning, and merits deep reflection. ‘The best idea I never had’ was my discovery of many of the meanings and implications of silence.”