Condemnation by Category

“Condemnation by category is the lowest form of hatred, for it is cold-hearted and abstract, lacking even the courage of a personal hatred. Categorical condemnation is the hatred of the mob. It makes cowards brave. And there is nothing more fearful than a religious mob, a mob overflowing with righteousness – as at the crucifixion and before and since. This can happen only after we have made a categorical refusal to kindness: to heretics, foreigners, enemies or any other group different from ourselves.” (Wendell Berry)

Some quotes are so true that don’t need a lot of adornment!  I love this one because it cuts to both sides of the divide.  Condemn others as a “Category” and we may well be functioning from a “categorical refusal to kindness.” where we refuse the “grafting of faith onto love.”  (Heavenly Secrets 1737)

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