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Managing Transitions (Part 2)

This will be the final pair of quotations from William Bridges’s fine book. Having been forced to do a bit of “corporate reading”, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find quite a bit of wisdom in the genre. All truth is God’s truth, or so says the cliché.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils. – Francis Bacon

The application space is pretty broad for this one. It’s certainly true of my fantasy football team this week, which eked out a victory despite two debilitating injuries. It’s also true of the church. Ridiculously so.

We have come out of the time when obedience, the acceptance of discipline, intelligent courage, and resolution were most important, into that more difficult time when it is a person’s duty to understand the world rather than simply fight for it. – Ernest Hemingway

Does anyone else feel like the world is becoming harder and harder to understand? That it’s much more difficult to discern what is true, right, and just? Perhaps it’s just a symptom of getting older, but so much of what I thought was black and white is turning out to be gray, and it’s exhausting at times. Life would be easier if I could just be told what to believe and be done with it. But easier isn’t better.

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  1. 14 Sep 2010 at 5:47 pm

    A few weeks ago, at the end of a Facebook debate about the proposed whatever-it-is Islamic building near Ground Zero, a friend of mine commented that maybe it would be better if we all focus our commentary more on issues in our physical communities, where we can more easily access first-hand information. She has a good point. Yes, I do feel like the world is harder and harder to understand–many issues are so complex that it seems impossible to get an accurate picture of the truth (especially when each side of an argument has its own “spin” on reality).

  2. 14 Sep 2010 at 7:31 pm

    An online friend of mine from way back (about 5 years ago, which might as well be forever in Internet years) challenged me to consider the implications of Matthew 18 whenever I wanted to criticize publicly. The principle in that passage is that any confrontation should start with one on one conversation with those involved. If that can’t happen (e.g. pretty much every situation talked about online), it’s often best to keep my mouth shut.

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