Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theory explains much of contemporary politics and culture.
This paragraph really hit home with me. I know many who fall into this description.
“ The fact that stupid people are often stubborn should not hide the fact that they are not independent. When talking to him, one feels that one is not dealing with him personally, but with catchphrases, slogans, etc. that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell; he is blinded; he is abused in his own being.”
This really resonated with me today, so thank you! A cousin just told me day before yesterday that I am no longer allowed to discuss either “Covid or politics” around he and his wife. I am an independent, if I vote, and I was a Democrat for most of my younger life. He is my age, in his 60s, and what we can call a “Blue Anon”- a rabid, angry, Dem who wants to censor people, thinks Twitter “should have that right because it’s a private company” and other rubbish. I of course told him, I won’t be able to never talk about “Covid or politics” in his presence again- that this was censoring and no way to treat a friend or a family member. Plus, he talks politics nearly nonstop. He then wrote back that I am a “classic narcissist” and that he “doesn’t hate me, but” that he is “walking away from me permanently.” All because he had first sent me a puff piece on how “great a president Biden is“ and I had had the temerity to simply disagree. These “shit-libs” as Jimmy Dore calls them, are really out of hand. Funny too that at Thanksgiving, he and his wife caught Covid and I had given them HCQ and ivm to take for five days each and they recovered rapidly…. Wonders never cease!
Basically just a summary of Romans 1:28 "...God gave them over to a depraved mind...." It was true then, its true now.
Thank you for this! Also, for those interested, the biography of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas is excellent.
I feel this is thank you day. So THANK YOU Dr. McCullough for standing!!!! I know it wasn't easy. We got some small victories now and I hope it continues. The world needs more people like you.
I have a very intelligent friend who loves Biden. He is a very social creature, he believes, like unshakeable belief, that everyone that does not support the left is racist.
It is something that I have struggled with, how could a person be so smart and stupid.
Thank you for this post, I am relieved of a great suffering.
''The power of some requires the stupidity of others.'' I guess so the power can be maintained because, iversely, Bonhoeffer also asserts that the exercise of power render some stupid, that is, stupidly obedient.
Similarly, Voltaire wrote, ''Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.'' Same idea!
This phenomenon may reside in the widespread trait of 'social desirability,' or needing to be accepted by others, especially thos in power. In research, social desirability messes up findings because those people report favorable outcomes when there is none, just to please the researchers.
Bonhoeffer was a truly brave man who sacrificed his life fighting against tyranny.
I had a lot of people in my life that I previously respected but astonishingly, took the jabs uncritically. They did not support me when I refused the jab and could then lose my job. This unheard of employer coercion was perfectly justified and it was I who was the fool for voluntarily destroying my own career?!?!?! It’s changed forever almost every one of my family and friendly relationships. And not for the better! Most of these people are well educated, fairly successful and yet fell for this scamdemic hook, line and sinker. My mind has been under terrible stress and discouragement due to this totally unexpected turn of events. It will be a long, slow climb back to the new normal with mostly new friends and sadly, more distant relationships with my family. It’s been a nightmare that never seems to end. As a Bible believing Christian I know that a great evil is stalking the Earth and I look up knowing that the Great and Terrible Day of the Lords Return approaches. Have mercy on us all Lord, but come.
I live in an assisted living community, ages mid 60's to 100. You think they would have learned by now but sadly no, many meet your description. The article was excellent.
Thus the push by the ruling class to rid us of God. Without God, how do we become liberated?
When covid came, so many of my friends thought less of me b/c I wanted to wait and see and do my research, then decided against the covid shot.
I think it is all about HOW we treat people. Many think less of me b/c of my non group think and do.
Even so, we must be good to each other and not ever think we are better than another.
We must be good to each other and always give an answer for the HOPE that is within us.
We're all, each of us is Dietrich Bonhöffer now.
Now here is the big question...why are MOST intelligent people rendered stupid in such circumstances and why are a small percentage of people, intelligent or otherwise, able to see clearly and stand up for themselves and those they love under the same circumstances? Healthy self esteem is the answer I believe :) They are emotionally and intellectually healthy and wise :) This gives them the courage to move forward in the face of fear where most others crumble.
I would send this article to a few associates but I'm pretty sure they'll either a) discard it while taking offense or (more likely) b) discard it while wondering why I sent it to them.
He was a wise man. This excerpt is especially true today. I know many intelligent people who just can't see what's happening.