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The Power of Silence: Against the…

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise (2016)

by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Nicolas Diat

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Definitely found it to be not what I thought it was going to be. The title drew me to text and I didn't bother doing much (any!) research on it. So I ended up missing that the author is a Cardinal and that God is going to be basically on every page. This is not a detriment and I'm not hating on it in any way. But I tend to not really care for and shy away from overly religious texts (they genuinely don't interest me) and I wish I had realized this before picking it up.

Aside from that, the format is quite funky. It's a conversational/interview style text and while that has its merits I also feel that is a format that is better suited for magazine articles rather than a book. So unfortunately this ended up being a book completely not for me at all.

It seems there are plenty of people who did end up enjoying this and I'll bet that I'm not the audience for it. And I would probably like to read a text in this vein, even if books about/around religion just aren't my thing. But this was probably a book I should have never picked up and I would recommend skipping this one if you're someone who is more interested in a non-religious view on silence and don't like conversational/interview-style texts. ( )
  acciolibros | Mar 17, 2018 |
"Se le nostre intelligenze non sanno più fermare gli occhi, se non sappiamo più tacere, allora saremo privati del mistero, della sua luce che è al là delle tenebre, della sua bellezza che è oltre ogni bellezza. Senza il mistero, siamo ridotti alla banalità delle cose terrene. Spesso mi chiedo se la tristezza delle società urbane occidentali, in cui dilaga la depressione, il suicidio e il disagio morale, non derivi dalla perdita del senso del mistero. Perdendo la capacità di fare silenzio davanti al mistero, gli uomini si privano delle sorgenti della gioia. In effetti, si ritrovano soli al mondo, senza niente che li superi e li sostenga ..."

"La civiltà moderna non sa tacere. Continua sempre nel suo monologo.. La società postmoderna rifiuta il passato e guarda al presente come un mero oggetto di consumo; vede il futuro attravreso i raggi di un progresso pressocchè ossessivo. Il suo sogno, divenuto triste realtà, era di rinchiudere il silenzio in una prigione umida e scura.

C'è ormai una dittatura della parola, una dittatura dell'enfasi verbale. In questo teatro di ombre, non rimane che una ferita purulenta di parole meccaniche, senza valore, senza verità e senza fondamento. Molto spesso, la verità non è altro che una pura e mendace creazione mediatica corroborata da immagini e testimonianze prefabbricate. E la parola di Dio, quindi è oscurata, resa inaccessibile e inudibile. La postmodernità è un'offesa e un'aggressione permanente contro il silenzio divino. Dalla mattina alla sera e dalla sera alla mattina il silenzio non ha più alcun diritto; il rumore vuole impedire a Dio stesso di parlare. In questo inferno di rumore, l'uomo si disgrega e si perde; è frammentato in altrettante inquietudini, fantasmi e paure.

Per uscire da questi tunnel depressivi, l'uomo desidera disperatamente il rumore perchè gli dia qualche consolazione. Il rumore è un ansiolitico ingannatore, che dà assuefazione, è menzognero. Il dramma del nostro mndo non si potrà mai comprendere che nel furore di un rumore privo di senso che odia ostinatamente il silenzio. Quest'epoca detesta ciò a cui ci porta il silenzio: l'incontro, lo stupore e l'inginocchiarsi davanti a Dio."
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  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise is a good book but it's subtitle is misleading. It should read the Carthusian Way. This is a book mostly in praise of the Carthusian monastic rule of silence, which is it's focus. There's nothing wrong with that it just wasn't what I expected. Cardinal Sarah did address society's overexposure to media, electronic noise, and the cacophony of modern life, but mostly in passing.

Another difficulty I had was Cardinal Sarah didn't define "silence" until very late in the book so I had trouble understanding. Early on, I began substituting the word "stillness" for silence and that helped.

I recommend this book to anyone interested understanding monastic spirituality. It was a good book, just not what I hoped for. ( )
1 vote pmackey | Jun 9, 2017 |
The Power of Silence is the much anticipated follow up to Cardinal Sarah's memoir God or Nothing (if you haven't read that, stop what you're doing and go read it now—it's a life-changing book). In this volume, his focus is on the importance of silence, a virtue which has seemingly been discarded by modern society as useless or boring. In response, he and his trusty interviewer/sidekick, French journalist Nicolas Diat, explore the meaning and purose of silence as well as the venerable Carthusian Order—a monastic order in which silence plays a major role in daily life. The end of the book includes a discussion between Cardinal Sarah, Diat, and the Prior of Grande Charteuse about the order and about silence. A necessary book, and one I can highly recommend to anyone with an interest in the subject or in Cardinal Sarah. ( )
  inge87 | Apr 28, 2017 |
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