Year A - Holy Week Tuesday or Clarification Week Tuesday
April 15, 2014
Relying on an argument that our foolishness reveals G*D’s wisdom—our weakness, G*D’s strength—has long-term problems. It eventually shows up as today’s reliance upon opinion rather than fact.
While appreciating the energy that can be generated by recognizing the shaming power of the underdog as they mobilize their victimhood to garner political strength, a know-nothing approach has no staying power.
This is not to say that foolish and intentional ignorance isn’t a perennial temptation. It works all too well in the short-run and keeps showing up like crab grass. It is to say that it is exactly this dynamic that crucifies people, while ironically claiming that crucifixion’s power is that of trumping foolishness with foolishness (sympathetic magic/homeopathic pharmaceutical approach to every issue).
This rhetorical playing with words needs a great deal of care when trying to build anything upon it because the results of unintended consequences are quite strong and wise people will honor these potentials.