These moderns demand a PUBLIC expression of that compassion - quiet charity is NOT sufficient. The compassionate must put their charity on display, for all to comment on, critique, and, ultimately, judge. Sound like any group that Jesus Christ roundly condemned? (Cough, Pharisees).
Those who go along with the bullying are praised - as long as they are properly grateful to the scolds forcing them to go along. Think of the major pressure in most companies to have ONE HUNDRED PERCENT participation in United Way - executives and administrators will make multiple visits to employees to hector, cajole, and intimidate them into giving at least a minimal amount.
Then, the employee is congratulated - for giving into pressure and intimidation - by being called generous and giving.
They were not - merely concerned about retaliation from bosses.
One of the best things about retirement will be the end of those yearly extortion attempts.
Here is a link to a site where people talk about the forced 'contributions'.
Say what you will about her, she certainly has acquired a large body of work - AND a lot of award nominations - 19 - and 3 wins. It can safely be said she is highly respected by her peers.
Does that translate into being knowledgeable and informed about politics?
Many people are highly successful in one field, and a total failure at another:
- Michael Jordan - great at basketball, lousy at baseball
- FDR - great at politics, terrible at running Warm Springs resort - lost a lot of money
- The Woz - amazing at computers, lost tons of money in many other pursuits, and is pretty universally used as the bad example at dancing
- Ross Perot - probably one of the best salesmen ever at IBM, failed to win the presidency
- Ashley Judd - a success as an actress, a failure at politics
The outrageous success of Mamma Mia! has kept her from being seen as a fading star.
Parenthetical comment - I have absolutely NO idea why Mamma Mia! was such a success. Meryl's performance was mannered, stiff, and predictable. Her singing was atrocious - the only thing worse was Pierce Brosnan's off-key, limited vocals. It was a HORRIBLE film.
But, is she brave to call out Trump and his supporters?
But, such people have FEELING!
What is important in public affairs is not how you FEEL, but what you THINK.