I saw the following in an article:
We’ve lost something in our human nature since… we’re guessing… the conclusion of the Second World War… certainly, since Vietnam. We lost the willingness to be firm, to say things no one wants to hear, in person. We lost the muscle that allows us to say “no” to something because it might risk upsetting someone, even if it’s the right thing to do, because people are petty and insecure, and no matter what the substance of the message that goes along with “no”, it’ll be how you say “no” that overshadows why you say “no”. “No” means anything negative… “I disagree. You’re wrong. You didn’t do what you said you would. You’re late and wasted my time”. … It’s now human nature to play nice. Above all, be nice. They refer to it as being “professional” or being “collegial”. We’d always thought that risking screwing something up because you became preoccupied with hurting someone’s feelings was being unprofessional.
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Above all, the konvertsy toddlers, when vexed, will pout and say that we’re not being “nice”. I’d say that such people have no clue of what Our Lord Christ was all about. He was “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”… not Mr Nice Guy, the Consensus King, and Apologist for the Affluent Effluent. The Lord Christ went to the Cross because he WASN’T a “nice guy”. He was straight n’ true, he didn’t mince words in front of “power”, but he also didn’t go about being a nanny, pissing people off with criticisms of their behaviour, and being a general nudge. In short, he was as far as one could be from the average early-21st century Orthodox konvert in the USA. We should do likewise. All of us should stop all nattering about inconsequential bullshit such as the “Toll Houses” and we should all realise that worshipping “elders” (like the konvertsy who gather around such questionable sorts as Paffso, Ray Velencia, and Freddie M-G) is a soul-destroying charade. We should follow Christ… that means that we work hard on our own sins and don’t notice the sins of others until we’ve conquered our own. As for me, it’s a work in progress… I know of no one who’s reached the point of being able to point fingers at others (sanctity is rare… I’ve only met one or two that were close to it). Keep that in mind as you listen to the drivel issued by juvenile toddlers such as Mattingly and Dreher.
Our Lord Christ CHOSE not to be incarnate in the First Century equivalent of the Affluent Effluent Upper Middle Class. Ponder that…