Just as trust and love between individuals frees us to listen, human nature also makes it easier to listen to the "critic" who really loves that which he criticizes. My experience in the Church is that the devoted, committed member is listened to (he may not find his counsel followed, of course) because his caring (which underlines his complaint) manifests itself in specific ways which remove any doubts about his devotion.Hugh Nibley was like that. Many would listen to his sometimes blistering criticism of certain practices of Church members because no one had any doubt about his commitment to the Gospel or the Church. His criticisms were about Church members not actually following the Gospel.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Today's Maxwell Quote
From For the Power Is in Them (1970), 32: