As the author of an obscure blog, I sometimes become discouraged by the lack of engagements and dialogues. I learn more by engaging in discussions and debates on the subjects that fascinate me, than by reading and writing about them. For this reason, I envy the most those bloggers who attract a dozen comments following each and every one of their posts.
At times like these, I find inspiration in the stories of two men:
1. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. When he first resolved to teach the Christian doctrine to children every day, his brother objected, and assured him that no one would come. In answer Ignatius said, “One is enough for me.” As soon as he began to teach, however, many came regularly, his brother among the number. Descartes and Voltaire were educated by the Jesuits, and Pope Francis is its most notable living member.
2. When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, they launched a campaign against “Jewish science” and the many German scientists who were Jews. Einstein and the theory of relativity were principal targets for this campaign. When told of publication of the book One Hundred Authors Against Einstein, he replied, “Why 100? If I were wrong, one would have been enough.”
It is the content and quality of my post that matter the most, not how many people like it; If my post is truthful and inspiring, even if only one person benefits, it is enough, and oftentimes that one person is myself.
- Ignatius. The Autobiography of St. Ignatius. Ed. J. F. X. O’Conor. New York: Benziger Bros., 1900.
- Hawking, Stephen. The Universe in a Nutshell. New York: Bantam Books, 2001.