Beyond Consolation: How We Became Too Clever for God and Our Own Good by John Waters
In the late spring of 2008 the acclaimed Irish writer Nuala O' Faolain went on a national Irish radio programme to tell the Irish people that she was dying of cancer. She was frightened of death and of the short time left to her.
Here was a spokesperson for a generation which now conjured up an abyss for itself, reviewing a culture she had inhabited and helped to create one last time. She believed neither in an afterlife nor in God.
With Nuala O' Faolain's broadcast as his point of departure, Waters examines this trajectory of Irish Culture to this point of despair. How reasonable is it to believe in nothing? He explores a new language to excavate the jourbaney of Irish society from what appeared to be profound in its traditional faith to this moment of what might easily have been taken as a moment of nihilistic clarity. What modern men and women suffer from in modern culture is the lack of an idea of the infinite and the eternal.
John Waters is an author, playwright and newspaper columnist. He contributes to a number of publications in Britain and Ireland including a weekly column for The Irish Times and the Catholic weekly The Voice Daily. He lives in Dun Laoghaire.
Table of Contents
1. Give Me Back yesterday 2. Every Tear Will be Wiped Away 3. Winking at The Milky Way 4. The Silent Melody 5.Human Beings or Human Beans 6. The Sabotage of Hope7. The Dominion of What Is 8. The Keyhole of Reason 9. The Poetics of Nothing 10. The Anatomy of De-Absolutisation 11. The Gulag of Unhope 12. Only Wonder Knows 13. The Tapestry of Hope 14. We Shall Have Stars at Elbow and Foot 15. Courtesy Towards Christ 16. A Language to Hope In