For those of you not on Twitter … I need to give you a little background for this post. Yesterday, while your Saturday was probably just a normal day, a Word War broke out on Twitter. It had to do with love, hell and Rob Bell.
Rob Bell has a new book coming out in March titled, Love Wins. The trailer was released this week. In it he asked questions … that’s it. He doesn’t give answers … just asks questions.
And for that, many people seem ready to burn him at the stake (thought we were more civilized than that) They haven’t even read the book yet, but they posted comments on Twitter that are negative, harsh and rude. One even said, “Farewell, Rob Bell” (what does that mean?)
I think a few thoughts posted by Seth Godin this morning get to the root of the problem (Seth is not on Twitter, so I doubt he wrote this in response to the Word War, but it fits)
“Wonder and Anger”It’s hard to imagine two emotions more different from one another. And yet one can easily replace the other. A sense of wonder and grinding anger can’t co-exist.
Great innovations, powerful interactions and real art are often produced by someone in a state of wonder …
Anger, on the other hand, merely makes us smaller. .
So I wonder if the folks criticizing a book before even reading it are dealing with anger instead of wonder. It seems their worlds are so small they can’t even entertain questions.
What do you think … can anger and wonder co-exist? Is asking questions wrong or a sign of wonder?
UPDATE: After reading “Love Wins”, here is my review.