Who am I to be more judgemental than Pope Francis?


trintybloodpope

Among other points, Pope Francis:

Replied when asked about the Vatican’s alleged “gay lobby” that while a lobby might be an issue, he doesn’t have any problem with the inclination to homosexuality itself: “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” he said.


http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/pope-homosexuals-who-am-i-judge

judgementalstare

To be judgemental is to lack tolerance. As Aristotle is reported to have said, even if he didn’t really say it, tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a decadent society.

Of course, Weaver of the Conservative Times is not the sort of guy who can tolerate misattributed quotes, so he wrote the following at:

http://conservativetimes.org/?p=12071

Floating around the web, to save face I don’t want to say where, is the following quote attributed to Aristotle:

Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.

I didn’t recognise it, so I searched Perseus Digital Library: Nothing. I believe it to be fake.

A better quote, if people want to stand steadfast by the authority of Aristotle, is:

Also difference of race is a cause of faction, until harmony of spirit is reached; for just as any chance multitude of people does not form a state, so a state is not formed in any chance period of time. Hence most of the states that have hitherto admitted joint settlers or additional settlers have split into factions; for example Achaeans settled at Sybaris jointly with Troezenians, and afterwards the Achaeans having become more numerous expelled the Troezenians, which was the Cause of the curse that fell on the Sybarites; and at Thurii Sybarites quarrelled with those who had settled there with them, for they claimed to have the larger share in the country as being their own, and were ejected; and at Byzantium the additional settlers were discovered plotting against the colonists and were expelled by force of arms; and the people of Antissa after admitting the Chian exiles expelled them by arms; and the people of Zancle after admitting settlers from Samos were themselves expelled; and the people of Apollonia on the Euxine Sea after bringing in additional settlers fell into faction; and the Syracusans after the period of the tyrants conferred citizenship on their foreign troops and mercenaries and then faction set in and they came to battle; and the Amphipolitans having received settlers from Chalcis were most of them driven out by them.

Source: Aristotle. Politics. Book 5. Section 1303a-1303b.

Let me highlight part of that and expand on it:

difference of race is a cause of faction, until harmony of spirit is reached; for just as any chance multitude of people does not form a state, so a state is not formed in any chance period of time. Hence most of the states that have hitherto admitted joint settlers or additional settlers have split into factions;

That’s true as far as it goes, but also:

Living in proximity to people to whom you react with disgust is a cause of faction, until such time as you can manage to stop feeling disgust. Human groups that admit newcomers who disgust significant numbers of the existing group members will split into factions.

Friends may come and friends may go, but enemies accumulate.*


* Any statements in the above post which are not optimistic, constructive, and kind would probably not meet the approval of Emmet Fox.

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