๐Ÿ“‘ Hate the Sin, Not the Book

Bookmarked Hate the Sin, Not the Book by Alan Jacobs (The Atlantic)

Reading those figures from the past, even when he disagreed strongly with them, gave him some perspective on his own moment, and, because they left this vale of tears, some tranquility as well. After all, the dead donโ€™t talk back to usโ€”unless we invite them to. We control the encounter. We decide whether to pay our ancestors attention.

When we make that payment, when we turn aside from the โ€œdire hoseโ€ and take a few deep breaths and enter into the world of the past, we can calm our pulse a bit, take time to think. No one demands anything of us. Those figures from the past are willing to speak to us when we are willing to listen. They may sometimes speak words of offense, but they may also speak words of wisdom that we either never know or have forgotten.

In a post adapted from Alan Jacobsโ€™s recent book, Breaking Bread With the Dead: A Readerโ€™s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, he reflects upon the ability to learn from voices from the past.

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