Are we still of any use?

October 21, 2009 — Leave a comment

Found this great quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Are we still of any use?

We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical.  Are we still of any use?  What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men.  Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Reckoning made at New Year 1943

( Dietrich, Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers From Prison. New York: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 1997, pp.16-17)

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