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Silence Of The World – Thomas Merton

Teresa Florack, photograph ©2012. SCW ©2012

Those who love their own noise are impatient of everything else. They constantly defile the silence of the forests and the mountains and the sea. It is the silence of the world that is real. Our noise, our business, our purposes...these are the illusion. -Thomas Merton from No Man Is An Island

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, author and poet who combined social criticism with a reverence for the natural world.