In his A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart, Josef Pieper wrote on the virtue of silence in this way:
Since reason is nothing else than the power to understand reality, then all reasonable, sensible, sound, clear and heart-stirring talk stems from listening silence. Thus all discourse requires a foundation in the motherly depth of silence. Otherwise speech is sourceless: it turns into chatter, noise and deception…Talk…sets its roots downward into the nourishing soil of silence.
Pieper contrasts this “a particular form of non silence” that…
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