link to an interview with the Anchoress
You mention a number of idols throughout the book. What do you feel is
the most damaging idol a person can allow to consume them?
Wow, that’s a really good and really difficult question. I imagine it
is different for everyone, but perhaps the idol of hipness — of being
cool and riding every trend — is the most damaging because it encourages
a suspension of reason for the ease of parroting whatever the current
slogan/philosophy is occupying our minds. We’re not meant to give up our
reason, but the zeitgeist, if it is embraced, demands that we do so:
think the correctly-current thoughts or be seen as out-of-touch, or even as some sort of narrow-minded “hate-ist”, and be despised.
an insidious idol, and one many parents train their kids to bow to,
every single day, because they — the parents — are also unwittingly
caught in its snares. It’s an idol that foments cynicism and destroys
the idea that anyone is ever dealing in good faith.