‘I am concerned that modern Quakers have lost some of this inner direction.’

Nicely put? Tony D’Souza says we should be putting more effort into being authentic

'No more Mr Nice Guy.' | Photo: Created using Kasyanov-creation / iStock.com.

A young attender once told me what he thought of Quakers. He said that most people thought Quakers were ‘nice people’. I was very disappointed at this, and I then tried to explain to him that trying to be nice was a complete waste of time. I had tried it myself for many years and it had never worked for me. The whole point of the spiritual quest is not to be a nice person but to be authentic – which is far more difficult.

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