When being right can sometimes mean being alone

It is easy to follow the crowd, to succumb to cancel culture, mob mentality, or plain peer pressure. It is more convenient and comfortable to “belong”, rather than risk being right but be left out.

The pursuit of what is right and what is true seems simple and straightforward at first, but within the context of echo chambers and one’s need to belong in a “tribe”, it can feel lonely. The one that pursues what is right and what is true cannot afford to be stubborn; or else, he might misperceive his righteousness when it could be turning into hubris.

An authentic, relentless, iterative, critical, second-guessing, sober outlook to the pursuit of what is right and what is true – this sounds very challenging. Not many would be willing to take this journey. Thus, those who dare should be ready to feel alone and lonely at times…

… While keeping the faith that there are others who would be attracted to the same journey not because it looks good, but because it is a vocation towards what is good.


Matthew 5:20-26. Uprightness beyond that of scribes and Pharisees

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 160: JUNE 9, 2022]

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