Making Decisions

Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on making important decisions, as he recalls his thought process on taking a position in Barcelona:

 

I myself find the way such a decision comes about to be problematic. One thing is clear to me, however, that one personally—that is, consciously— has very little control over the ultimate yes or no, but rather that time decides everything. Maybe not with everybody, but in any event with me. Recently I have noticed again and again that all the decisions I had to make were not really my own decisions. Whenever there was a dilemma, I just left it in abeyance and—without really consciously dealing with it intensively—let it grow toward the clarity of a decision. But this clarity is not so much intellectual as it is instinctive. The decision is made; whether one can adequately justify it retrospectively is another question. “Thus” it happened that I went.

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