I’m reminded again and again of this:
“A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying: ‘You are mad, you are not like us.'” – Abba Anthony of Egypt.
Emily Dickinson said something like that, too, but it’s surprisingly still under copyright. Even if we disagree on who’s sane and who needs straightway handled with a chain, the shrill, mutually uncomprehending polarization ought to convince us there’s a problem.
There’s also a place to rid oneself of the starkest madness and to acquire divinest sense:
We know from the very foundations of the Church, set down in the Gospels, and in the Apostolic Canons, that the Church exists, not to judge, but to bring healing. Her mission is to make whole those who would enter into her gates, as entering into a hospital. She forces no one, for one who is forced is not open to healing. Yet the Church is also aware that sin is not really a private matter, for all sin affects everyone. She knows that even private sins have an effect on the whole of the cosmos. Therefore, the Church continues, as she has from ancient times, to give witness to the commandments of God, the hope that is found in the Gospel of Christ, and the forgiveness and healing that can lead to wholeness.
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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)