Shush!

Sorry, don’t mean to be rude, but please, everyone, just shut up. The Book of James in the New Testament – Luther’s Epistle of Straw – always used to appeal to me during those agnostic days. Some words stay with me even now.

…think of a ship: large though it may be and driven by gales, it can be steered by a very small rudder on whatever course the helmsman chooses. So with the tongue; it is small, but its pretensions are great … What a vast amount of timber can be set ablaze by the tiniest spark!

We are such opinionated beasts. Mankind I mean. May both my tongue which speaks and my typing fingers know their limits. And may God forgive me and all of us. We have gone too far already.

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