Dreher And Pavlovitz, I’m Looking At You

That surge of righteous satisfaction you’re giving your readers isn’t helping them any more than the outrage you’re provoking in your detractors is hurting them. Everybody’s mind is already made up. All you’re doing is reinforcing everyone’s conviction about what they already think.

In my previous congregation there was a retired school superintendent who used to say, “Nobody is good enough to be 100% wrong.” I’m thinking about that a lot these days as I struggle to react constructively to almost daily precedent-breaking decisions made by people I don’t agree with or even trust. It kind of feels like taking them all for stupid moron idiots who yearn to drink the blood of the poor is less than constructive though. No doubt there is an audience for that kind of commentary. The question is whether what you give them is material they can build with.

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