Monday, December 28, 2009


Yesterday Henri Nouwen. Today Richard Rohr.

"Ignorance does not result from what we don’t know! Ignorance results from what we think we do know—but don’t! Most ignorant people are, in fact, quite certain."

This is a hard sell and wouldn't preach that well here in America where Certainty has been elevated to sacred status and ignorance applies to everyone but us? But goodness gracious does it ever need to sink in as a desperately needed truth for a people that have been made to think of themselves as God's gift to the rest of the world.


Bones said...

What we think we do know but don't is the result of our paradigm... and often we are blinded by our paradigms to a reality around us that has altered from what we were previously so certain of! The classic paradigm shift has occurred, and we've been left behind. It's all the more dangerous to our ability to cope with and engage with reality, the more certain we are!

Thanks for a great quote, Kent!

Sue said...

Isn't that quote a doozie? Because I read it and went - jolt - yes, of course. This is one of those things that I need re-reminding of constantly.

But this makes so much sense, doesn't it. The most pharisaical behaviour comes from closed minds.

Kent said...

It is a doozie.

You would think that the fact that christians in general (at least in language) accept that we only see in part and would understand that puts us in a place of only seeing in part....which should temper the practice of acting so certain about all they part :-0