Also, what I have observed, is that you can have two people, both “communicating” exactly the same truth which will challenge people, and one will normally always be listened to, and the other almost invariably ignored or resisted.
Sadly, it’s normally the ones resisted who are those who function purely from reason. Whilst the ones who have integrated personalities, can say the same thing and have it accepted: they don’t function, “Sola Scientia”.
In my experience, people who “tell the truth as it is”, also seem to lack docility. They cannot be taught themselves, because they “know” they are right. They believe it is their vocation simply to correct others.
If anything, the supreme irony is they take the fact “their truth” is constantly rejected, as confirmation of their approach! The more they are rejected, the more they are convinced they are a prophet, telling people the truth they don’t want to hear.
Both step up to the plate, but only one is heroic, to my mind. The other is, in a sense, I suppose, a tyrant. The tyrant has cronies, the true hero, disciples.
Is it that the megalomaniac (tyrant) is pusilla anima, and the megalopsychos, the magnanimous (hero), magna anima? And the true prophet (hero) is resisted by those who see things in terms of power rather than truth, yet are the ones who insist on compliance to “truth” the most?
Sadly, I see many activists and bullies, telling people the truth “they need to hear” – from not caring about the poor if you don’t participate in “their” social justice programme, to those who think I’m a heretic fro not accepting the Usus Antiquior as the only true form of the Mass – but few heroes…
Is it that the tyrant is the person who is on the same level of spiritual maturation as those he thinks need to know his truth?
What’s poignant in your examples of the two young people, is they just “went”. “Go. The Mass is ended…”. They took up their cross/response-ability…
Thanks for the comment… as usual your comments get me wishing I had more time to have a digital conversation. Appreciate the support and look forward to meeting someday.
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