My 17-year vow of silence set me free, says American environmentalist who learnt to listen

Environmentalist John Francis took a 17-year vow of silence and spent 22 years not using motorised vehicles. PHOTO: JOHN FRANCIS
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SINGAPORE - Observing a vow of silence for 17 years enabled environmentalist John Francis to make peace with himself.

Besides not speaking a word between 1973 and 1990, the 74-year-old American also did not take motorised transport for 22 years, from 1972 to 1994.

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