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The Quiet Car


“We’d like to maintain a library like atmosphere,” announces the conductor on the Quiet Car.

The Quiet Car is the first car of the train where no talking nor loud music is allowed.  Passengers abide religiously, complaining at the subtlest of noise.  Even chewing or turning a newspaper causes a stir.

The Quiet Car is one of the very few public escapes we have left.  It’s a place to hear ourselves breathe, think, and review the day.  Or simply sleep and dream.

The Quiet Car gives people a chance to slow down, notice life, while still speeding ahead to our destination.  The Quiet Car reminds us that our brains still have gears.

The Quiet Car is also a reminder that progress comes with patience, focus, and collaborative effort.  Everyone sitting in the Quiet Card works together to achieve silence so that the entire group can be more productive.  These passengers understand the importance of the moment.

In the age of digital distraction, serenity is scarce.  We need places like the Quiet Car to step outside chaos.  We need a place to unwind, let go, and let live.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.