1. Young-Mason, Jeanine EdD, RN, CS, FAAN

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"To many people, this indifference to truth or falsehood seems more comic than tragic. I find it tragic. It implies a frightful detachment, not only of the mind but of the entire person, even the physical part of the person. Anyone who is indifferently open to truth or falsehood is ripe for any kind of tyranny. The passion for truth goes along with the passion for liberty. It is not for nothing that freedom of thought has always been regarded as the most precious of all freedoms, the one upon which all others depend."1 -Georges Bernanos


That "spiritual anemia" which is indifference has the potential to become a malignant condition. If unattended, it develops into detachment and a paralyzing passivity in which the person surrenders rational judgment.




1. Bernanos G. "Why Freedom?" The Last Essays of George Bernanos. Ulanov J, Ulanov B, trans. Chicago, IL: Henry Regnery; 1955: 117. [Context Link]