Ruined by the Applause

kinnon —  January 7, 2010 — 4 Comments

Imbi's cousin Joosep Tammo is a teacher and pastor in Estonia (and the former head of the Estonian Evangelical Alliance). He wrote this on Facebook earlier this week.

Enamusele meeldib saada kiitusega ruineeritud, selleasemel, et saada kriitikaga päästetud.


Imbi's paraphrased translation:

The majority of people (would rather be) ruined by compliments than have (critique) save them.

This seemed particularly appropriate in light of some of the discussions taking place in blogdom right now.

I'm also reminded of the line (probably from Tolstoy but normally misattributed to Edmund Burke):

All that it takes for evil to triumph is for good (people) to do nothing.

And may I suggest, rather cryptically, that there are a lot of supposedly good people who have done nothing, while evil has been allowed to triumph. And I am stunned by their apparent inaction.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

4 responses to Ruined by the Applause

  1. Ain’t that the truth! great quote Bill.

  2. The line about good men doing nothing is actually from John Stuart Mill originally – though often misattributed to Burke. It does also sound like something that Tolstoy would have said though.

  3. Thanks for your stuff, Bill. I keep up with your postings and find a lot of company in your worldview. I try to be a good evangelical, honestly I do. But I don’t know what that is anymore, and when I look around it gets surreal. All the way from bible studies with IVCF in the 60’s reading John Stott’s Basic Christianity to the zoo we have become today!!! Some people out there get this. You are one of them.

  4. why be “cryptic”?
    i’d be curious to know..


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