bonhoeffer on reserve

Already I want to write a follow-up to my last post, but I’m way too tired tonight. Meanwhile, this quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the topic of “Wholesome Reserve” made me think some more about the idea of authenticity vs. openness…vs. transparency.

Unless we have the courage to fight for a revival of wholesome reserve between people, we shall perish in an anarchy of human values. The impudent contempt for such reserve is the mark of the rabble, just as inward uncertainty, haggling, and cringing for the favor of insolent people, and lowering oneself to the level of the rabble are the way of becoming no better than the rabble itself. When we forget what is due to ourselves and to others, when the feeling for human quality and the power to exercise reserve cease to exist, chaos is at the door. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison 12)


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