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Bishop Barron argues that totalitarian governments of the past century resulted from lack of unity in truth. To the extent that people lose interest in objective truth and prefer isolated fantasies for their own pleasures or ease, government replaces truth as the unifying authority. Control of government becomes a contest of self-interested wills rather than a contest of arguments.
Barron continues by discussing the power of one person’s public devotion to truth for inviting honest witness from others. With each firm profession of shared reality, more people find confidence and courage to live in accordance with truth.
Recently, I have heard a variety of theologians refer to the “divine simplicity” of God. An honest person is a complex person, yet easy to understand and follow because everything that one represents is plainly available. Ask and receive.
That, among other virtues, is what people need today: simplicity. Speak truth for love of truth, without bitterness or anxiety. Live in truth because it is the proper way, trusting that any harsh consequences will be turned toward the good by God. The world is chaotic. We need not be so.