The Monk and Ideologue

The monk knows peace, the ideologue only action. The monk belongs to a communion; the ideologue, to a party. The monk knows that there is nothing new under the sun; the ideologue desperately wants there to be something new. For the monk, the political is a practical necessity, like outhouses; for the ideologue, everything, even the personal, is political, and therefore a matter of dread seriousness. The monk knows that the Lord numbers every one of our hairs; the ideologue is the forensic inquisitor who wants to number them for us.

Let us be monks, my friends; and never underestimate the temptation to be the other.

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Author: Anthony Esolen


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