Okay, keeping this short because I need to get home and take a nap — I know — before heading down to the Mall for our softball game. And I’m feeling a little mean right now because I may or may not have suggested someone was behaving a little cowardly about something and now I think I’m a jerk because I wasn’t really trying to hurt feelings. I try to be nice. I truly do. But sometimes, man, I just want to jerk a knot in some folks’ tails to make them see. I guess the people that have stuck around know that about me. And I suppose the others are probably better off dealing with the things they understand. Anyway, here’s the only thing I really want to write about before finding a little solace in sleep:
So it occurred to me recently that inciting people toward sin is just as much a sin as committing a sin yourself. Not to get all crazy Catholic on you but I think about these things. In fact, there are laws about inciting people to commit a crime. You’ve seen The Accused, right? Now the individual has ultimate responsibility regarding the decisions they make — that’s why that Hitler marketing material for the World Wars kind of bugged me. The Wars didn’t make him anything. He chose his path. In fact, the other marketing material talks about how Churchill became a man in the first War, and a genius (or something) in the 2nd — but the wars didn’t make him anything either.
Anyway, all I’m saying is that people control their response to things and are responsible for that. But that doesn’t mean that trying to get people to behave a certain way that’s negative or sinful isn’t also a personal responsibility. And, well, envy is one of the deadly ones. So, if you are constantly trying to move people toward jealousy, you’re inciting negative behavior. Wishing for it, wanting it, desiring it. And, on a soul level, that’s a pretty dark thing to do.
And I’m out. Here’s a great cover of Michael Jackson from an unexpected place. Hat tip to my pretty friend Alice for setting the Friday tone. That — btw — is a beautiful thing to do. On a soul level.