Silence

The Slide from Faith to Secularism

He [comedian Louis C.K.] recalled a moment driving his car when a Bruce Springsteen song came on the radio. It triggered a sudden, unexpected surge of sadness. He instinctively went to pick up his phone and text as many friends as possible. Then he changed his mind, left his phone where it was, and pulled […]

Aldous Huxley on The Age of Noise

More than 70 years ago, the English satirist Aldous Huxley wrote that modernity is the “age of noise.” He was writing about the radio, whose noise, he said “penetrates the mind, filling it with a babel of distractions – news items, mutually irrelevant bits of information, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses […]

Ora et labora

Pascal, in his Pensees, wrote that if you simply gave a man the money he wanted to win at the gaming table, he would be disappointed, because the last thing he really wants is silence. “I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in […]