I used to be quite a fan of his…and sure he still makes lots of good points…but I think the wealth and lunches with the high-ups has tainted what was consistently a humble and steady mind.
From his show today (emphasis mine):
I understand this. We talk on this program a lot about the natural human tendency toward negativism, toward pessimism, toward doom-and-gloomism. We know that it exists because it takes hard work to think positively. People who have written books teaching others how to think positively have become multimillionaires. But you can’t go to the book or the library and find a book on how to fail because we all know how to do that. You will not go to the library, be able to check out a book, “How to Make Yourself Miserable in Three Easy Steps,” because everybody can do it. But being upbeat and positive is regarded as unique, is it not? When somebody’s upbeat and positive, “What’s wrong with them? **Nobody can be that happy all the time.” They think it’s odd. We’ve all been raised with the idea that there’s virtue in suffering. That’s the biggest bunch of crp, but we are raised this way, that there’s virtue in suffering, and there’s virtue in enduring misery and pain.** So we immerse ourselves in it, the idea that we’re getting stronger, and that we’re making ourselves better people and perhaps even in the eyes of God, we are improving our odds of eternity. But we have one life. It’s a gift. Who says it’s meant to be suffered? Why is there guilt associated with enjoyment? Why do people feel guilty when they’re having a good time, especially if they’re not at work? Well, we’re all raised that way. *
He never used to say stuff this elitist. And it certainly isn’t very Christian. I’m sure any of us could put up Scripture that talks about the glories of suffering. If he’s trying to say we shouldn’t seek suffering, he didn’t articulate it very well. But to blanketly say there is no virtue in suffering is about as wrong as it gets.