via Daily Prompt: Messy
Noise is a fact of the world, at least living in a decibel messy society. Massive roads lead to efficient traffic jams. Airports in turn attract buzzing private aircraft and multi-engined monsters. We strow noise like there is no tomorrow.
Working places have always had noise hazards. Personal protective gear are required to armor frail humans. Only so much noise can we tolerate before the delicate body parts fail, so use the hearing protection.
My friends like their music extremely loud. I think this is because they blew out their hearing years ago so up-the-volume simply to hear more than the bass.
It is a messy world full of sonic distractions. It is difficult to wade through the clutter of inputs. At times my efforts to focus my attention fail me.
When I do not want attention to the world, when I need sleep, I turn on a fan. It is a controllable sound that more or less controls the frequencies that make one of my environmental hazards.
I do not think there is a cultural imperative to clean up the messy noises that have been accepted and perhaps forgotten for so long. I mean the daily burrs and whirs and all those chimes and ringtones. Whilst walking with a neighbor a bird sang. He checked the cellphone. It was a bird song, not a text. I agree, the bird made a very convincing ring tone.
Some resorts and travel destinations sell the absence of noise to their clients. It is called peace and quiet. A location at least somewhat less messy with noise.
So I jump in my vehicle, become part of traffic, and again jump a jumbo jet to seek what I cannot find at home.
Destination: quietude. At a cost.