In the movie Highlander, the mean guy took the hand of a priest, said, “forgive me father I am a worm” and gave it a big slurpy lick. What an awesome witness opportunity. Did the fella grab the chance to tell him he was right but there was someone better and more powerful than him? nope just commented about dying for our sins and the movie moved on. Of course was the priest likely a christian given that he was sworn to celibacy and had been taught that Mary didn’t consumate her marriage with Joseph, remaining a virgin despite having more kids? Not likely. But wasn’t Kurgan refreshingly honest, someone who actually admited he was not really all that good? I bet Hitler got up, stood before the shaving mirror, and said, “I am a pretty good guy.” He gave the German people autobahns, took back the industrial lands from the thieving French (at least in the German view), gave them army and raced up the popularity stakes with thoroughly entertaining mass rallies. He was one high achieving Austrian, at least to his mind.
I’ve got this thing going on where I take the opportunity to point out to people, that includes you dear reader, that there is nothing intrinsically good about you, or me, or any other member of mankind. You’ll not be surprised to learn that the approach doesn’t draw in Nuremburg scale support. In fact most are quite hostile to the notion. Still I am in no mind to compromise because my wife’s cousin commited suicide last week. She was a beautiful woman, I mean a genuine head turning looker (to borrow the vernacular). She died at 34 leaving a bereft husband, who had previously loyally served his country for 10 years as a member of the Household Guards, she also left two young daughters.
You see Lou believed the standard she had to achieve was the world’s standard, and she could see that she could never be good enough; the depression took her to her death. She was bombarded by society, culture, and the media with a standard of looks, dress, material wealth, parenting achievment and behaviour that she never could have achieved. I suspect the shrinks told her that all she needed was positive thought for her self esteem to return and she could make a rapid recovery, after all look at all those who are less fortunate than you etc Whatever their approach it failed for as we say in the army she threw smoke, I’ll spare you the aweful details. We loved her and will miss her.
Have you ever wondered why prescription medicines for depression are number one in the USA and on the rapid increase in the UK? We have at least two women, that I know of, in our close family who keep taking the pills. This tragic death has brought it home to Jo and me that we must stop worrying about other people’s feelings and care more for their lives (if that comment frustrates you I cover the truth issue further along the page). I do not want to find myself on judgement day looking in the eyes of someone I claim to care for only to be asked why I didn’t tell them just who they were up against?
There’s is one standard, it’s perfection and non of us measure up. You’ll like this, it’s the announcement I have devised for when I am in a lift with a crowd or any other place for that matter:
“Could I have your attention please, I have a short announcement, thank you: Lies are real, they are attractive and convincing which is why we so often believe them. There is also a truth but that tends to upset those who don’t believe it but truth there is. The good news is that heaven is real, the bad news, so is hell. Good news, some are going to heaven to spend eternity with the creator God, bad news, many will be going to hell. The best news is God sent his son, Christ Jesus, to take our punishment on the cross so we don’t have to be punished. The gift is offered freely, you just take it, admit your a sinner, stop it, and put your faith and trust in him and you’ll be safe. Thanks for listening I’ll be available for questions after the lift stops.”