Only when you are deeply familiar with silence can you hear the song of the Tao
No one competes to be a Taoist. It’s practically secret knowledge, not because adherents want to hide it but only because Taoism is fundamentally anti-conformist, individualistic, and oriented toward the patterns of nature over the patterns of society. The song of Taoism is not the song of society….
The song of Taoism is the song of the universe. If you are to sing its song, you must hear it first.
If you would hear that song, you must turn away from the crowd. For the song is powerful, but subtle,easily obscured by the raucous shouts of commerce, the siren drone of people offering to seduce one another, the endless prattling of millions offering their self-confessions, the devilish xenophobia of demagogues, and the endless sentences pouring from bad journalists and poor poets alike. If you want to hear the song few know, you must first draw into silent. Only when you are deeply familiar with silence can you hear the song of the Tao.
The Lunar Tao, Day 334
Source: Tao & Zen Community Forum