Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Misguided Compassion

John Zmirak reviews the HBO film Longford, now on DVD. Compassion must always be tempered by prudence, especially when dealing with sociopaths. To quote:
I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but it happens to me: The prospect of "saving" a soul, of leading someone to Christ, is a heady temptation indeed -- one designed to fool those who've conquered more straightforward sins. (Dorothy Sayers famously wrote that Satan is at his most dangerous when he attacks us through our virtues.) This heavenly prospect can overwhelm rational judgment, blind you to contrary evidence, numb the self-protective instinct, shunt aside prudent counsels to "avoid evil company," and end up in scandal and squalor.

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