Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Devil's Hide-and-Seek

"Lack of character--" All too easily we confuse a fear of standing up for our beliefs, a tendency to be more influenced by the convictions of others than by our own, or simply a lack of conviction--with the need that the strong and mature feel to give full weight to the arguments of the other side. A game of hide-and-seek: when the Devil wishes to play on our lack of character, he calls it tolerance, and when he wants to stifle our first attempts to learn tolerance, he calls it lack of character.

Dag Hammerskjöld, Markings, Sjöberg & Auden, trs. Alfred A. Knopf (New York: 1964) p.64.

1 comment:

  1. Itinérante4:24 AM

    Wow!! Thank you!
    I think sometimes I have suffered not stating the right conviction, maybe not in faith or belief but in normal regular matters, like in relationships...
    That is one piercing statement to keep in mind...

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