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“Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.” (Bernard Berenson)

I thought immediately of all those covenants that I made as a Mormon. Some would tell me that I’ve lost my integrity by breaking eternal covenants. I felt bad about that for a while. Now I see that integrity demands that I break covenants made under falsehood. Constancy in promises can be a vice which values personal reputation over loyalty to the truth.

The only promises I regret breaking are those I made to flesh and blood.

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1 Comment

  1. Paul Sunstone said,

    November 2, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    I often think consistency is the enemy of truth. To get at the truth of any matter, we are often required to see things in new ways. That frequently seems at odds with simply being consistent.

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