Thomas Merton

January 20, 2019

Descending into the crowed, the individual loses his personality and his character and perhaps even his moral dignity as a human being. Contempt for the “crowd” is by no means contemporary for mankind. The crowd is below man. The crowd devours the human that is in us to make us the members of a many-headed beast. That is why the monastery builds itself in the wilderness: cuts off communications with the world, and with the press and the radio, which too often are simply the voice of the vast aggregation that is something less than human. As a specialized, spiritual society, the monastic community must take care to form itself carefully in the atmosphere of solitude and detachment in which the seeds of faith and charity have a chance to sink deep roots and grow without being choked out by thorns, or crushed under the wheels of trucks and cars.

-The Silent Life

From Seth Godin…

April 23, 2015

People are real, but the crowd disappoints 

  • Every crowd, sooner or later, will let you down.
  • The crowd contains a shoplifter, or a heckler, or an anonymous boor who leaves a snarky comment.
  • The crowd loses interest, the crowd denigrates the work, the crowd isn’t serious.
  • Worst of all, sometimes the crowd turns into a mob, out of control and bloodthirsty.
  • But people, people are real.
  • People will look you in the eye.
  • People will keep their promises. People can grow, can change, can be generous.
  • When in doubt, ignore the crowd (and forgive them). When possible, look for people instead.
  • Scale is overrated, again and again.
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