Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quote for Sunday: Music, quiet, and unholy noise

"My dear Wormwood...
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 abominational 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.  But I admit we are not yet loud enough, or anything like it.  Research is in progress."  ~~ C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.  Quoted in A Book of Comfort by Elizabeth Goudge.

*"Our Father" in this book refers to Satan.  Wormwood and Screwtape are demons.

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