Writing to Vadianus from Einsiedeln on June 13, 1517, thus explains his leaving Glarus:
“I have changed my residence, not at the stimulus of desire or of avarice, but because of the wiles of the French; and now I am at Einsiedeln.… What disaster that French faction has at last wrought me the wind of rumour has doubtless wafted to you. In the things done I too have had a part, but I have borne or have learned to bear many misfortunes.
Zwingli is referring to his anti-mercenary preaching and the opposition that preaching provoked in the town and among supporters of the French.
It’s stunning, absolutely stunning how people love to spew the ‘everyone’s opinion is of the same weight’ nonsense but they only do it in reference to the Bible or Theology. They never do it in reference to flying a plane or driving a car or doing heart surgery or anything else. It’s imbecilic.
So let me state it as plainly as i humanly can- if you aren’t trained in a field, your opinion DOES NOT CARRY ANY WEIGHT. Pride insists that it does, but humility, self awareness, and common sense insist that it doesn’t.
If you don’t believe that- if you really believe that the opinion of the kid flipping burgers at McDonald’s is just as valid as the woman who has studied the Bible for the better part of her life then you really don’t need to be sharing your opinion on the topic because you’ll just be exposing yourself as a fool.
In 1500 Erasmus wrote a friend these lines:
My Greek studies are almost too much for my courage; while I have not the means of purchasing books, or the help of a teacher. And while I am in all this trouble, I have scarcely the wherewithal to sustain life; so much is our learning worth to us!
Erasmus valued learning and teaching above eating. Most of our contemporaries value eating more, so that while they are happy to spend $60 on a dinner out they cringe at the thought of spending that much on a great book.
We live in strange times.
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