“When someone preaches hatred against another, discount it, and, if you have the opportunity, go to them and tell them ‘please don’t talk about other people.’ Those who talk about others don’t have something [good] to present themselves… Please do yourself a favor. When you hear labeling, you need to be more intelligent than the label. You need to rise above it and tell yourself whatever good is coming from this person I will take it; whatever bad is coming, I will discount it” — Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk.
Today we are faced with the pressure to be ever more morally pure, or morally virginal — to have never have thought a bad thought, or to have any depth of understanding of anything with which we disagree (and therefore compassion for anyone we might disagree with). Even at universities, it seems, if a book contains a hundred good ideas and one bad one, it is considered unreadable, and must be denounced. Continue reading “Take the Good. Leave the Bad”