Sometimes, life can’t be explained. Sometimes, somethings in life are so wonderful that a mere word would be disrespectful to it. I think this is why in the Hebrew Scriptures the Jewish people could not speak the name Yahweh. God, is so infinitely beautiful and wonderful that to speak of it is to breathe death upon the very essence of life. When two people fall in love, the very words “I love you” cannot begin to describe what is happening. The experience of love is so passionate and vibrant, that to utter the words of life cannot begin to express the vibrancy of how they truly feel about each other.
Sometimes, life can’t be explained. Sometimes, life is so horrible that words cannot begin to express the horror of the soul. Can words begin to describe the sites of Haiti? What can you say to a woman who has just been raped? How do you console a woman who just lost her husband of 50 years?
Have you been silent? Have you been so full of joy that your heart can only express it through a twinkle in your eye and the beauty of a smile? Have you been so full of grief, that you can only express it through the wetness of a tear or the empty gaze into another persons eyes?
We’ve been silenced haven’t we? And, all we want is the silence of others aside us. Because, when others speak into our silence, they end up foolishly speaking like the friends of Job. Where every answer is a vicious and life taking dialogue from the silent. Or, to ask someone to explain love, and, demand a response. Love, cannot be explained. Love, can only be shown and experienced, because, to idealize love, is to diminish its power and its effect, because, there is no systematic approach on how to show and experience love.
There are people around you who are silent. And, all we can do is support them in their silence. Because, your suffering friends don’t need your answers, they need your love. And, when they’re ready for answers, let them seek you. And, when your friend is in love, don’t demand a definition, experience their being and immerse yourself in their presence. For to ask them to speak is to diminish their inner essence.
Silence has been lost in our busy society, but, we must regain our ability to remain silent. Celebrate the silence within you. If you suffer, don’t feel like you have to exhaustively speak. If you are thriving, don’t feel like you have to diminish your essence with an answer.
Go, and, say no more.