blessed are the confused

[a helpful re-interpretation if we set aside the irony of how certainly Peck states this idea]:

When Jesus gave his big sermon, the first words out of his mouth were: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” There are a number of ways to translate “poor in spirit,” but on an intellectual level, the best translation is “confused.”

Blessed are the confused. If you ask why Jesus might have said that, then I must point out to you that confusion leads to a search for clarification and with that search comes a great deal of learning. For an old idea to die and a new and better idea to take place, we have to go through periods of confusion. It is uncomfortable, sometimes painful to be in such periods. Nonetheless it is blessed because when we are in them, we are open to the new, we are looking, we are growing.

And so it is that Jesus said, “Blessed are the confused.” Virtually all of the evil in this world is committed by people who are absolutely certain they know what they’re doing. It is not committed by people who think of themselves as confused. It is not committed by the poor in spirit.

– M. Scott Peck, Further Along the Road Less Traveled

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