C.S. Lewis friendship

Feet On the Edge

8:29:00 AMEvelyn Hildebrand

Sometimes, it's better to just keep your mouth shut.  Looking out at a landscape, silence is apparently golden, at least in C. S. Lewis' book. 

"Again, you have stood before some landscape, which seems to embody what you have been looking for all your life; and then turned to the friend at your side who appears to be seeing what you saw -- but at the first words a gulf yawns between you, and you realise that this landscape means something totally different to him, that he is pursuing an alien vision and cares nothing for the ineffable suggestion by which you are transported." (1)

I've felt the gulf before - it’s a kind of alien and alienating aloneness.  It's frustrating because it's not necessarily fix-able.  We human beings do not like giving up.  I certainly do not like admitting that there are things that I simply cannot fix.  Frustrating. 

On the flip side, when we're lucky, that gulf moment can mark the birth of something new. 

"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 in the 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?" (2)

I've stood beside friends who have seen what I'm seeing, heard what I hear, understood what I could not articulate and communicated that shared understanding wisely and wordlessly. 

Silence can be uncomfortable.  Silence can be long.  Silence can be difficult.  I'm holding on to the silence.  I want a silence that can be shared, the silence that can look out over the valleys and mountains that surround us, here on our little hemisphere, and need say nothing. 

(1) C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
(2) C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain.  
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