10/17/2011

No Guts

I'm sitting in a chair five steps from the famous United Methodist theologian Stanley Hauerwas. I don't have the guts to go over and say "hello." Part of it is that I don't want to bother him. Part of it is that asking a question of him seems like the kind of act that requires a lot more preliminary work than I have put in so far. I have questions for him, but I suspect the answers are already somewhere in his many books. I hope someday that if a young person sees me somewhere, and they have any desire to speak to me, that they take the opportunity. But I am too polite to presume that this is his approach as well. It was thrilling, however, to hear him speak and say things with such clarity that you almost never hear people say in polite conversation anymore. He spoke like a man fully alive.

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