This piece by David French is something I’ve mulled over for awhile because I’ve read both of Jonathan Haidt’s books mentioned in the piece. I’ve also found it’s not just about trying to talk to conspiracy theorists. Ideologies are so entrenched currently, all the mantra is these days is to show someone else just how wrong they are, and BOOM… they’ll see it my way!
Not so fast.
“The spiritual stature of a person’s life is measured by love, which in the end remains ‘the criterion for the definitive decision about a human life’s worth or lack thereof.'” — Pope Francis, On Fraternity and Social Friendship
It’s not a common practice for me to reflect back on a year. But this is 2020.
And yet, it’s hard for me to look back and reflect accurately. I journaled a lot… but I don’t keep my journals in any particular order and that lack of discipline cost me this year. Plus, a lot of the time I’m journaling and if I look over it I more often than not say out loud, “What was I thinking?”
Some favorite quotes:
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
My next book is a re-read from earlier this year: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. It is part of the Renovare Book Club and so I am working my way back through the book. A PBS documentary on the life of Howard Thurman:
It would be great to think we could overcome some things in society. According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, stupidity is not one of those things. For believers, there is possible hope. Read on:
If I didn’t call my future father-in-law a redneck the first time I met him, I know I thought it. It was over 30 years ago and I had flown to Alabama to meet Terri’s dad and that side of the family. Almost from the start of our time that week Gerrard would find things to talk about things that pushed my buttons. About halfway through that week I thought I was marrying into what I perceived to be one of the most racist families in the South.
On the same day, July 17, 2020, two giants passed from the bonds of this earth.
Some of his sayings:
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.