What We Most Need in Trying Times

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, "Letters and Papers from Prison"

We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical.

Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?

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in the face of evil
is itself evil:
God will not hold us

Not to speak
is to speak.
Not to act
is to act.