¿Por qué? Pourquoi? VIII

29 May, 2012
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What, again with the questions? Puzzling issues plague me this day, my last official work day of the school year.

  1. I know why some people are intentionally unkind (slamming others to make themselves feel superior, schadenfreude, trying to cover their own insecurities by pointing out those of others, etc.). What I don’t know is why the people around them — closest to them — allow it.
  2. Why do people selectively quote bible verses to support their agendas as to what is proper behavior or not, but ignore other passages that weaken them? I mean, couldn’t we go on and on about the oppression of women being acceptable in biblical times? Or slavery, or murder, or judgment being visited on the children for the father’s sins? What about the trustworthiness of the translators of the Hebrew/Greek texts into Latin, and then the Latin bible into English — medieval “scholars” with their own agendas? This all makes me sad. I’m aware of the pitfalls of two wrongs not making a right, and pointing fingers and saying, “Yeah, but look at THIS,” but can we not arrive at some consensus that not all things are hard and fast in the scriptures? Could some human, somewhere along the line, at some point, have dropped the translation ball?
  3. Why can’t people just defer sometimes? Is it that much of a deal breaker? Honestly. One of my secret desires (well, not secret anymore, right?) is to be less “teller” and more “asker” in my life. People are not dying to hear my opinion on every little thing (that’s why I have finkweb.org), and I don’t always have to be boss (unless I’m in rehearsal :P ). I can tell you the work is paying off. As I’ve said before, I have seen too many people get hurt — too many relationships damaged or killed — by one or both parties’ unrelenting need to be right.

Geez, why so serious this morning? It’s Contract Day! Yippy! I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.

Now — answer me my questions three.

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PKPudlin
29 May, 2012 9:46 am

I plead the 5th. Any of those questions would open a HUGE can of worms. I commend your Finkness for having the chutzpah to ask them. Enjoy your last day! Mine isn’t for about a month PK ReplyRat Fink Reply:May 30th, 2012 at 6:35 amHaha — I understand, fiend. These are huge questions, and I shouldn’t have lumped them all in one post! I did enjoy my last day (as much as you can enjoy a day that has you passing a contract with a 2-year salary freeze, because, as you know, we all make too much money around here).… Read more »

Suzanne
29 May, 2012 2:44 pm

Garsh, so deep for the Last Official Day of school! You should be thinking about sun and shine and vacation and trips! XOXO *smewch* ReplyRat Fink Reply:May 30th, 2012 at 6:38 amHey doll! Like I told PK above, I shouldn’t have waxed so philosophic all on one morning. Too much brain barf yesterday for some reason, LOL I am thinking indeed about vacation! I’m just bummed that we had to cut a week off of it because of the disasters with plumbing (twice), cars, vet bills, and other unexpected stuff. But hey, I’ll take an abbreviated vacation – I ain’t… Read more »

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RD
29 May, 2012 5:50 pm

You’ve posed some serious questions. I don’t mean to be flippant or evasive, but the first one I blame on human nature. As with you, throughout the years, I’ve asked the same question, and so far, that’s my simple answer. Your second question is being considered by several evangalical scholars who question seeing the Bible as ONLY a hand book or a rule book for life. It has a much higher, nobler purpose than that. One book that addresses this is THE BIBLE MADE IMPOSSIBLE by Christian Smith. I recently read a blog that addressed the same topic. Here’s the… Read more »