It has always been an interesting phenomenon to me.

As someone raised by preachers (a lot of preachers), I’ve always found it intriguing that people seem to love to be called out by someone. There’s almost something masochistic about our response to someone dressing us down. It’s weird. My father always got more “amens” when he was chastising the audience than when he wasn’t.

I get a few people a week who want me to “rant” about something in a blog. It’s always something they are grappling with, therefore, they think “I” am grappling with the same thing, for some reason. Most of the time (like, 97% of the time) I’m not grappling with their issue at all. Most of the time, I’m fine with whatever is going on.

Only on certain occasions will I throw my hands up and yell at the universe. THOSE are always the blogs that get the most attention. And it’s dumbfounding to me. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is we need to hate about ourselves, and what it is we respond to when our transgressions are called out.

This past week, I’ve been seeing this Jon Stewart video shared and lauded and praised. And it’s kinda funny to me.

The truth of the actual matter at hand is that no-one is going to NOT vote for this fund Jon is promoting. It has bi-partisan support and it gets funded every year. And it will get funded this year. There might have been some attempted fraud related to it, so people are looking into that. But at the end of the day, literally NO ONE doesn’t want to help 9/11 first responders.

But the committee chamber was empty when Jon showed up. And that’s what actually got him angry; the lack of an audience. So he railed on them and took the moment to slice and dice in a way only he can. It was great theater. And for those not realizing that his hearing was scheduled directly against several other hearings, it looked like a lot of people didn’t care. But they do. On both sides of the spectrum.

Then, he blamed the “fiscal hawks” (that’s always code for “Republicans”) for not doing their duty when it comes to the first responders. Hey, just a quick tip: if you’re in the majority, you can’t blame the minority for stuff. They can’t do anything about anything. This thing can be voted on and sent to the Senate without ONE vote from a “fiscal hawk.”

But it WILL be voted on and it WILL get done. It would’ve gotten done without Jon Stewart ever showing up and berating anyone.

But what fun would that have been?

We love being preached at. We love a good “gotcha” moment. We love watching the lawyer drop the hammer on cross examination. I have no idea why.

Because it has been my experience that that hammer eventually falls on you, if you’re being honest with yourself. We all eventually find ourselves in the crosshairs of a righteous shotgun blast. Because we’re all guilty of something.

Personally, I prefer mercy and grace. I need both of those things so much, so often. I don’t need anyone preaching at me. I’ve heard so much preaching I can’t get it out of my head. So, I bristle at people who come at others with absolute certainty of the moral high ground.

You never know when the high ground will have a mud slide, and you find yourself down there with all of those you were preaching at from a perch.


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6 thoughts on “PREACH …

  1. I guess ALL those sick and dying fire and police personnel are just there so Jon Stewart can have his what? His 15 minutes of dramatic fame, or “theater” as you call it? — not because there is anything wrong with the Congress’ foot-dragging response (present and past) to extending the medical care, assistance and addressing the many issues they face in getting treated, or some of these politicians attempts to shift financial and legal responsibility to the State Of New York when our country was the entity attacked — New York was just the symbolic target. Having worked for government for 36 years and observed how some injured workers are treated with skepticism, suspicion and disbelief because “it couldn’t possibly be the government that bears responsibility when “they probably got the cancer (or whatever) from some other source or for some other reason, like bad luck, this type of avoidance of responsibility by government isn’t something new, it a pattern — just like the pattern of illnesses these firefighters, police officers, and others have gotten.

    Hell, you just have to look back at Vietnam and Agent Orange, or maybe you don’t remember that! The veterans who suffered from the effects were never acknowledged as having illnesses connected to their service for years.

    Yeah, I can tell you’re coming from preachers, you learned well, and you’re doing a good job of it. Talk about theatre, theater of the absurd B.S. You stand on your soapbox, politicizing and dismissively characterizing this appearance before a Congressional committee (currently controlled By Democrats) as Jon Stewart, Liberal, against the “poor republicans” he’s abusing by grandstanding and conducting theater, supposedly just throwing shade on the republicans. But point of FACT, I can’t seem to recall anyone exactly, Democrat or Republican, championing these poor bastard’s cause like Jon Stewart has done repeatedly since 9/11. Nor have the Republicans who controlled both houses before 2018, or your “beloved” president Trump, who claims to care soooo much about Americans, especially the police, fire personnel and military. But then I know that’s ALL hogwash, unless it serves Trump’s utilitarian agenda and purposes, and that, too, is some serious “theatre” by a very poor, and “bad actor.” But he’s very skillful in the eyes of those given to gullibility, just like the flock.

    I guess you can’t tell acting or “theater” from genuine, passionate caring and concern for the suffering of these poor, brave, sons-of-bitches who only tried to heroically do their jobs and want to be treated by the government with dignity, respect, and the care and concern they earned and deserve.


  2. Some guy named Micah said we should all aspire to act justly (aka insist on and act with fairness), but to LOVE MERCY (that trumps the first one) and to walk humbly (aka there but for the grace of God go I). I haven’t found many situations in life where that hasn’t been the absolute best advice for everyone (Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Jews, Black, White, Male, Female, whatever).

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    • Agreed! I’ve always found “there, but for the grace of God, go I,” a valuable maxim to be strictly mindful of when making judgments about other people, most especially when you possess legitimate authority over the immediate fate of other human beings, and for the potential impact those decisions and judgments may have on those human beings. Perhaps when you actually LOVE MERCY, you can succeed in acting justly and with compassion. But there are acts committed by humans which are so heinous that mercy may not be possible, or the degree or quality of mercy (the meaning of mercy in the minds of different people likely falls upon a broad spectrum from very narrow to extremely expansive)


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