We Live In a World Starved for Solitude

We live in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy; and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. — C.S. Lewis.

I wonder what C.S. Lewis would say about Facebook and other forms of social media? I suspect he would find a way to weave them into a ScrewTape letter.

As I sit and write today’s Pew what has become an all too familiar sound comes through my window — the sound of a leaf blower pulsating on and off drowning out the soothing sounds of surf and and an incoming tide.

I wonder as I reread Lewis’s words what meditation and true friendship have in common. I wish I could ask him. If I had to guess I would say meditation allows one to explore one’s deepest thoughts and ideas, and friendship allows one to explore those same thoughts and ideas with another who will listen without judgment and with unconditional love.

True friendship has no boundaries. Neither time nor distance get in the way of its invisible bonds.

A true friend usually knows what you are thinking without saying a word, and like meditation filters out all the outside noise that prevents one from knowing one’s true self.

A leaf blower or a biting fly is an irritant, a true friend is worth a lifetime of searching.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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