A world starved for solitude, silence and privacy

In our own age the idea that religion belongs to our private life— that it is, in fact, an occupation for the individual’s hour of leisure—is at once paradoxical, dangerous, and natural. It is paradoxical because this exaltation of the individual in the religious field springs up in an age when collectivism is ruthlessly defeating the individual in every other field. . . . .


There is a crowd of busybodies, self-appointed masters of ceremonies, whose life is devoted to destroying solitude wherever solitude still exists. They call it “taking the young people out of themselves,” or “waking them up,” or “overcoming their apathy.” If an Augustine, a Vaughan, a Traherne, or a Wordsworth should be born in the modern world, the leaders of a youth organization would soon cure him.

If a really good home, such as the home of Alcinous and Arete in the Odyssey or the Rostovs in War and Peace or any of Charlotte M. Yonge’s families, existed today, it would be denounced as bourgeois and every engine of destruction would be leveled against it.

And even where the planners fail and someone is left physically by himself, the wire- less has seen to it that he will be—in a sense not intended by Scipio— never less alone than when alone. We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.

~ ~  CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory


20 responses to “A world starved for solitude, silence and privacy

  1. Gosh, I just love everything C.S. Lewis ^_^

  2. So true…love C.S. Lewis…

  3. Stunning post..I thought humans are social creature love to have friends ,hate solitude .l believe an individual needs the world but the world can go on without him.Cheers.JMS

    • We are social, some more than others. I was blessed to have two years in the wilderness with Jesus, I have learned how important solitude and silence are. It’s often hard for us to pull away from the daily grind to enjoy those moments. Thanks for visiting

  4. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    Solitude is an important of everyday and the quote from C. S. Lewis is a reminder of the important of creating space. We should not try to cure those who seek the space, but stand guard for them as they sit in meditation.

  5. Every living thing needs space, taking this away from them is cruel.

  6. “We should not try to cure those who seek the space, but stand guard for them as they sit in meditation” What a beautiful comment to the quote. So full of integrity,respect and wisdom.
    Thank you for sharing that.

  7. i really liked the words you put down on your keyboard, nice post, filled with truth.


  8. I really like what you wrote in this article, especially the last sentence. In this I totally agree with you. Good post.


  9. Wishing you merry Christmas and a joyous new year. May the blessing of the Lord be with you and your message.jalal

  10. This early morning here, I am glad to see your jolly face as well as great words..

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