Thursday, February 4, 2010

The hint of more

My guest contributor today is a chap named C.S. Lewis. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. He wrote the following in “The Problem of Pain.” What he does here is hint at that which is but at an intimation. When we screen out the noise and fury that envelops us, if we are attentive, the whisper remains. Listen for the whisper.

“Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even at best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it—tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest—if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself—you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say “Here at last is the thing I was made for.” We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friends or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.”


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Your photos are as moving as your writing. Thank you for sharing both.