The Problem with Indifference

Brian Busse, SJ, says that our desires will save us. “It is in our deepest desires that we discover the heart of God.”

Apathy toward our self or someone else is among the gravest rejections of freedom and love. Indifference feigns tolerance by saying that you’re acceptable in a way that suggests that it really doesn’t matter who you are. Love suggests the opposite: that you’re acceptable exactly because of who you are and not in spite of it. It’s not that it doesn’t matter what you do, it’s that it matters absolutely. When you experience love and find true acceptance it’s an experience of love not because they could care less about who you are, but because they couldn’t possibly care more.

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  1. Yes, I end up avoiding choices half the time because that way nobody can blame me for my stupid choices (not even myself)…like Linda I’ve never really considered the fact that passivity is a choice, to. I read the whole article too.

  2. What an incredible message! I read the entire article which was even more enlightening. You really spoke to my fears of failure and my difficulty in getting myself to attempt things at which I may not succeed. I’m not sure if it ever occurred to me that not doing still has consequences.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful and thought provoking insights.

  3. You know I so enjoy your postings. They are all so different and inspiring. Today’s is a fine example as I mull over this short, yet powerful, “lesson.”
    I write in gratitude for your work and to all who contribute.
    Blessings and peace, Suzanne


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