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© Mikko Hyvärinen

The perils of silence

Real and imagined dangers

Read Debra Bendis's sidebar article on making steps toward solitude.

I love silence. Silence and I have a nearly 20-year committed relationship that looks set to continue, although silence is perhaps more faithful to me than I to it. Like most long-term relationships we have somewhat domesticated each other—I am no longer ecstatically “in love” with silence, which can be a harsh and demanding partner. I believe too that it is for me, as marriage can be for many, a necessary part of my own path toward holiness.


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