[Editor’s Note: We will be Reviewing this long-awaited work in the near future. It’s 450 pages in Volume 1, presents an array of personal backgrounds, historical events, and generally follows an almost Tolkienesque interplay. The build-up to the last page is, well, shall we say, a page turner. The Staff ]
The story of the Silent Brothers, takes one back to a time, a time in which the day-to-day encounters were similar to our own, but the ethos of a Western Culture was something else; it was a living reality, the children and elderly interacted, spoke with one another, and generally shared a living motif.
That motif, or recurring theme, was a unity of spirit and purpose, a vision, perhaps already gone, in which which saw the history and traditions of the previous generations as counting for something, as worthy of emulation. Not the crass and mundane traditions of 50’s television, but the legacy of those who had gone before, who had created the basis for modern medicine, science, and the eternal search for spiritual values and the freeing of the mnd through philosophy and art.
That ‘vision’, as the Silent Brothers saw it, was quickly being destroyed, twisted, perverted, and passed on as Culture. The process of cultural destruction did not start, nor will it end, with the generation of the Silent Brothers; this struggle against culture-destroyers is also a motif, a universal motif, and reminds of the eternal duality of nature.
The story of the Bruder Schweigen is the ‘Heroes Tale' spoken of in Plato’s Poetics, and is filled with the same formula – it is a story about conflict and struggle, about love and betrayal, about courage and honour. It is a story of yesteryear and today, as the elements of the human spirit remain now, and forever.
We acknowlege the efforts put forth by these men, as well as the author who has dilligently tried to present this turbulent and important time in our Western experience.
1. Cf. Herbert Spencer’s view on ‘unitarian synthesis’.
2. Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces.