The Gentle Voice In The Night

January 18, 2021

It is the conscience that tells us when we do wrong, so that we feel on the inside as if we have broken a bone.  The bone pains because the bone is not where it ought to be. Our conscience troubles us because the conscience is not where it ought to be.  Thanks to this power of self-reflection that we have, we can see ourselves, particularly so at night.  As the poet put it, 'Every atheist is afraid of the dark.' It's a gentle voice, saying, 'You are unhappy.  This is not the way.' Your freedom is never destroyed but you feel the sweet summons, and you ask why it is not stronger.  It is strong enough if we would listen.