Friday, January 21, 2011
Not having strong feelings is for the modern Western culture a mark of rising above the masses.
I'm not bothered; don't care; whatever...
I have been reading through the Yale edition of Jonathan Edwards' Works. Having started with some volumes of sermons, I returned to the Religious Affections and Original Sin.
I was struck by Edwards' repeated attack in Original Sin on the false belief that one can ever act, decide or choose something and actually remain 'indifferent'. Edwards perceived that the will is always moved to do or choose something, if it actually does anything. The superior desire may be only a small amount more compelling than an inferior desire. Still, if it is not actually more powerful, then the alternative will be acted upon.
Edwards convincingly shows that the cool, indifferent, non-caring, whatever person is in fact a myth.
In the case of Edwards' opponents, the myth of the indifferent person was a building block in the theological creation of a people who are not in need of God's grace, and in the end are little gods in their own lives.
If Edwards is correct and there are no indifferent people - what is the overwhelming desire so cleverly and self-deceptively pursued by the whatever generation? Makes you wonder.