Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Greatest Power

A Quotation to Ponder

"Truth is power, but only when one has patience and requires of it no immediate effect. And one must have no specific aims. Somehow, lack of an agenda is the greatest power. Sometimes it is better not to think in terms of plans; here months may mean nothing, and also years. Truth must be sought for its own sake, its holy, divine greatness."

--Romano Guardini
via The Daily Dig

Do you agree? Disagree? How does this quote make you rethink your assumptions about truth and power? (I'll weigh in later this week.)



Holly said...

I guess you have to start by defining what "truth" is. Is he referring to things grounded in reality, or is he referring to the high integrity standard of things that are good and true?

It may be true that a person has succumbed to an evil nature. So if they accept themselves as evil, does that make them powerful? I guess they could be more powerful than if they were doing evil yet chose to believe their purposes were good. Maybe this evil person has no specific aims but to be out-and-out evil. And perhaps, in doing so, they believe they are being true to their nature.

If he's referring to truth as high integrity standard, it falls to the subjective decision of: whose standard? Christians would point to God's standard. Some others would choose "might makes right" or in nicer terms, "majority rules."

Christians have an agenda (though I doubt anyone would like to use that term), specific aims: to further the kingdom of God. By that same, we're also supposed to stop inserting our own flawed will and listen for God's instruction, seeking his perfect will.

So in sum, I'm not sure what he's suggesting, and I don't know the perspective from which he's speaking. Break it down for me, T!

Holly said...

P.S. Like the quote marks?