“When we want to correct someone usefully and show him he is wrong, we must see from what point of view he is approaching the matter, for it is usually right from that point of view, and we must admit this, but show him the point of view from which it is wrong. This will please him, because he will see that he was not wrong but merely failed to see every aspect of the question.” (Blaise Pascal, in Peter Kreeft’s Christianity for Modern Pagans, p. 39)
Robert Morris’s painting, Private Silence/ Public Violence, which I saw some years ago at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, is certainly timely. The many recent reports of sexual misconduct by famous people shows how people keeping silence enables public violations/ violence to take place. The #Me Too Moment has blossomed, rightfully disgracing some while empowering others. Pascal writing in the 17th Century points how change can take place – by showing people from what point of view their behavior is wrong.