Are You Giving Your Attention to Empty Vessels?

Are You Giving Your Attention to Empty Vessels?



Have you heard of the phrase “Empty vessels make the most noise”? It’s a proverb that means that those with the least talent and knowledge usually speak the most, speak the loudest, and create the most fuss–whatever that makes their presence felt as much as possible.

Empty vessels are used in the analogy because in physics, empty containers do create louder noises than filled ones. If you take two empty glasses, fill one up with water, and then blow into both glasses in turn, you’ll find that the empty glass creates a louder noise than the filled one. That’s because the empty space in it (the air column) allows sound waves to pass through easily and bounce off the sides of the glass, thereby creating an amplified vibration.

In physics, empty vessels make the most noise. Apparently, this is the case in real life too.

I’ve found this proverb to be extremely true in life. Often times, the people who are the fussiest with the most negative criticisms may not necessarily know more than others. It’s usually because there’s emptiness in them echoing these noises, and this emptiness doesn’t necessarily have to be an emptiness of their intellect. It can be emptiness in their heart, emptiness in their life, emptiness in their mind, or emptiness in their self-worth — in turn creating the loud noises that we hear.

Just because someone is louder doesn’t mean the person should get (more of) your attention. That just because someone is louder doesn’t mean his/her words are of more neither value nor importance than others. And that just because someone is louder… it may actually mean nothing at all.

In short…

Loud doesn’t mean important or more important.

Loud doesn’t mean valuable or more valuable.

And loud doesn’t mean any more deserving of attention (than others).

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