Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Cynicism

"When a good man or woman stumbles, we say, 'I knew it all along,' and when a bad one has a gracious moment, we sneer at the hypocrisy. It is as if there is nothing to mourn or admire, only a hidden narrative now and then apparent through the false, surface narrative. And the hidden narrative, because it is ugly and sinister, is therefore true."

Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought, page 78.

This is the darkness the gospel dispels. Let us not be caught up in it, however plausible and even fashionable the hysteria.