Thursday, September 27, 2012


Music and silence - how I detest them both!  How thankful we should be that ever since Our Father entered Hell - though longer ago than humans, reckoning in light years, could express - no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied by Noise - Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless, and virile - Noise which alone defends us from silly qualms, despairing scruples, and impossible desires.  We will make the whole universe a noise in the end.  We have already made great strides in this direction as regards the Earth.  The melodies and silences of Heaven will be shouted down in the end...

Uncle Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood
in C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, Letter 20

(and for those unfamiliar with the book, it is a series of letters from an older demon to a younger one, thus "Our Father" refers to Satan and the notable contempt for Heaven)

And for the record, as I finished this post, my cell phone noised about, letting me know I have a text message.  Ironic, isn't it?

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