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Posted by: baura ( )
Date: June 06, 2016 12:34PM

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran theologian, pastor
and active German anti-Nazi resistance. He was imprisoned for
two years by the Nazis and was hanged 21 days before Hitler
committed suicide. While in prison he wrote the following:

“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice.
One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need
be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within
itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind
in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity
we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force
accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that
contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed – in
such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when
facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as
inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person,
in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied
and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the
attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for when
dealing with a stupid person than with a malicious one. Never
again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons,
for it is senseless and dangerous.”
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

Now re-read the quote and substitute "Mormonism" for
"stupidity" and "Mormon" for "stupid" and "stupid person."
Amazing how it still makes perfect sense.

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: June 06, 2016 12:55PM

Very nice quote.
And yet he was still a theologian...go figure :)

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: June 06, 2016 01:03PM

I can postulate that while trained to serve the divine, he ultimately chose to serve man. I say he became a MANelogian.

You have to be careful in a thread like thus, because when stupidity becomes a topic, 'politics' inevitably is mentioned.

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Posted by: Backseater ( )
Date: June 06, 2016 07:37PM


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Posted by: saucie ( )
Date: June 06, 2016 09:36PM

Wow!!! That was so well thought out. Those words should be written in marble somewhere.

Thank you for sharing.

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Posted by: RPackham ( )
Date: June 09, 2016 07:12PM

Another Bonhoeffer quote I just came across (also applicable to Mormonism):

"If you board the wrong train, it does you no good to run down the corridor in the opposite direction."

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