Thursday, November 02, 2006

Idiot

let me see if i can say what i'm thinking without being horribly offensive...

i was out walking the dog tonight (the crazy one, not the needy one) and while we were on our journey, we were almost hit by a ups truck that took a corner like he was jeff gordon at the texas motor speedway! don't drivers realize that gimpy, 52 year old guys, walking manic little dogs, on 25ft leashes, down unlit driveways, by the side of banks, late at night...have the right-of-way? as i gathered my composure and settled the brainless one down, i started thinking... idiots like that shouldn't have driver's licenses...

why do we have to be a culture of "name callers"? i guess it starts early. four-eyes. fatso. cry-baby. cheater. liar. lazy. children can be so hurtful. then they become teenagers. wannabe. slut. emo-boy. faggot. loser. jerk. moron. honestly, when we grow up, we're not any better. we just carry on our childish name-calling into our daily lives. our politics. our denominational loyalty. our sports teams. our values. our morality. our children. even when we're cut off in traffic or nearly run over in a dark driveway... pretty much, if you disagree with me, offend me, hurt me, look different than me, believe different than me...you're at risk of being an idiot.

as i was walking away from my brush with death (ok, so i exaggerate a little), i started thinking a little. my guess is the ups driver was in a hurry. maybe he'd had a long day. he might have been anxious to get home to see his kids. who knows what his story really was? he may have just been careless. i don't know. no matter what, he didn't deserve to be called a name.

i'm pretty sure jesus wouldn't have called him a name. the only people jesus called names were the religiously smug church folks of his day who thought they were better than everyone else because they perceived themselves to be morally and spiritually superior to others. mmm...

kindness. is it too much to ask?

2 comments:

Ross Garison said...

well put.

JiliBean said...

again ... well put.
you really got me thinking