Monday, May 25, 2015

Flannery O'Connor on Tenderness

    If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber
The above would have served as a good epigraph to Theodore Dalrymple's latest — On Sentimentality and Compassion.

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