Freedom, information

“‘Everyone is entitled to know everything’ — This is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era: people also have the right not to know, and it is a much more valuable one. The right not to have their divine souls stuffed with gossip, nonsense, vain talk. A person who works and leads a meaningful life does not need this excessive burdening flow of information.”
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I have Evangelical friends who are scandalized that I don’t “take a stand” by publicly condemning behaviors, politics, or bigotry of various kinds. Not “calling out” behaviors means that I support them.

A few decades in the Church have taught me that the universe will get along without my brilliant wisdom and prophetic input — in fact it is only pride that says I am more wise or holy than anybody else.

If you ask me, I’ll give you an earful. Or if you invite me as your priest to have input into your choices and relationships, then with fear and trembling I will make some personal suggestions.

But Jesus has never called me to practice outrage or to root for and against people in the news as if they were sports teams.