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The Knock of Silence: Hearing the Things That Matter and Knowing When to Let Them In

"All the unhappiness of men arises from the one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber." Blaise Pascal Silence is the knock that tells me something important is waiting to be let in. A thought, an understanding, a cry from some inner landscape long-ignored. Silence is that moment right before sleep, when my mind self-negotiates release. I need total silence, about ten minutes. For, as Faulkner wrote in As I Lay Dying, “In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for [...] Continue reading


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