What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
In recent weeks I have come across several articles, blog posts, and websites that seek to tear down the faith of another. I don’t understand this at all. I don’t see what benefit there is. Masked under the guise of trying to “enlighten” or “teach” the person about their errant ways, the person’s (errant and false) words only do harm and cause confusion.
These so-called intellects seek to bring to light any nit-picky little thing that might prove, disprove, debunk, or support their issue. Often times, quotes and “facts” are misrepresented, taken out of context, twisted and contorted to support the proposed view.
An excellent talk discussing this issue was given by Elder Boyd K. Packer some years ago, and is titled “The Mantle is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect“.
Lastly, I think the best way to sum up my feelings on the matter is found in 2 Nephi 9:28-29:
O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.
But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.
Well said. Very well said. Oh, so true.