Monthly Archives: December 2011

And we should ask ourselves, in the words of Karl Barth, “are you willing now to deal with humanity as it is? Humanity in this [twenty-first] century with all its passions, sufferings, errors, and so on? Do you like them, these people? Not only the good Christians, but do you like people as they are? People in their weakness? Do you like them, do you love them?”

The struggle against self-loathing

“Here lies the core of my spiritual struggle: the struggle against self-rejection, self-contempt, and self-loathing. It is a very fierce battle because the world and it’s demons conspire to make me think about myself as worthless, useless, and negligible. Many consumerist economies stay afloat by manipulating the low self-esteem of their consumers and by creating spiritual expectations through material means. As long as I am kept “small,” I can easily be seduced to buy things, meet people, or go places that promise a radical change in self-concept even though they are totally incapable of bringing this about. But every time I allow myself to be manipulated or seduced, I will have still more reasons for putting myself down and seeing myself as the unwanted child”

– Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son (p107)

What do colorblind people see?

Need to prove something you already believe? Statistics are easy: All you need are two graphs and a leading question