Thursday, August 23, 2007

Some Words from Me

Saying for the day-There are times when the term fair and unfair don't apply.

Sometime ago the Rev. Dr. Kate wrote about the unfairness of life. You should read what she wrote by clicking HERE.
Since then I have been thinking about the question “ Is life fair?”.
In order to decide if something is fair or unfair certain conditions must apply.
There must be either a clear set of rules with rewards for keeping of penalties for breaking.
Or there must be
Promises made that are not kept or kept for one and not another.
For example there is a rule against driving drunk. There are penalties attached to the rule. But rich people with good lawyers often get off and poor people go to jail. That is not fair. The American justice system is not fair.
But where are the rules for life in general? Who is in a position to make them ? There aren’t any. Unless you claim the ten commandments as the rules. In which case we all fail. Equality is not unfair. There is no reward in the law for keeping them a little better than the next person. God owes us nothing but gives us His Son. That’s unfair not to us but to God.
If life is to be seen as unfair it must then be based on promises not kept. For example I promise you $5.00 an hour to work for me. Then I pay you $4.00 and hour that’s unfair.
This is where we come to see life in general as unfair. We believe we are owed health and happiness. If we lose our health or are not happy it is unfair. If some one we love loses their health or aren’t happy that’s unfair. But who owes us health and happiness? That is a bit of American mythology. It rises from our Puritan Forefathers who believed if you worked hard and were good you would be rewarded. The truth is there is no rewarding agency out there. Good people, nice people get cancer. Bad people, rotten people get cancer. Poor people can be unhappy and so can rich people. We assume that the bad prosper and the good suffer just as Israel believed the good prospered and the bad suffered. The truth is there is nothing unfair about suffering. It comes to all. It just seems unfair when it hits people we love and that we know are nice people. Then it seems as if all the bad people ( by our experience) are happy and healthy. That makes it seem even more unfair.
The psalmist in Psalm 49 tells us that the rich and poor, wise and stupid all die. You can’t get any more equal than that. The same Bible tells us God sent his Son that all might have life. You can’t get any more equal than that.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where trains run, dragons fly, and night lasts longer and longer and is darker and darker.– Mrs. Trumble met with Queen Polly this morning, though it was so dark it seemed more like night. She talked Polly into going to talk to Pastor Joan. Mrs. Trumble urged her to confess if there was something to confess. Polly will see Pastor Joan this afternoon. Mrs. Trumble reminded Polly that if she confesses then Pastor Joan needs to give her absolution.
Nancy says this darkness is running up her electric bill, and that’s not imaginary. But it does seem to have put her poltergeist sleep. It hasn’t acted since the darkness began. People have all kinds of reasons for the darkness . One person thinks it’ s the result of another secret government program. Somewhere in the woods near Pigeon Falls is a secret government base. He figures that all the weird things from giant rabbits to weird darkness are the result of that base. Then there is Eino’s theory that it is related to Global Warming. A number of people have embraced that one. One of Last Lutheran’s disgruntled members says that God is punishing them for having a woman Pastor. That’s against the natural order of things. And now the National Church is talking about ordaining gays. God is not happy. Nancy’s favorite theory is that the darkness is some how related to the Northern Lights. It’s the same process but turned inward so it produces Northern Darkness. Now that’s a creative idea.
Will Pigeon Falls come to a dark end? Whose theory is right? Will Polly confess? Will Pastor Joan give her absolution? Is the government involved ? And of course is Tommy UK really the undertaker’s son?

Today's Link-Mental Meanderings of an Old Man- Just a little bit about getting car insurance.-Leave a Dr. John in the comment , yeah?
Well breathing was a little better today. Betty and I went to the Post Office and mailed my sister her copy of the May blog entries and last week's prize to Stacy. We came home and Maggie knocked the oxygen tank down and broke the hose. Betty and Pennie made a quick trip to Apnea to swap for a new tank. then they left for a couple of days vacation. Soon after Peter, Luke and Bree arrived with Spanky. We went out for super. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Global warming, huh? If it is getting darker is it also getting warmer or cooler in Pigeon Falls?

6:18 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I'm not sure I buy into the global warming theory. I can remember the "experts" back in the 70s saying we were on the brink of another ice age and that sure didn't happen. I don't see how they can predict what's going to happen. We can look at fossils and whatnot and make guesses as to what has happened and we can have theories out the whazoo about what's going to happen, but we just don't know. That's why we should have faith.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

Now that's a pretty fair post!

Ecclesiastes 8:14-15
And this is not all that is meaningless in our world. In this life, good people are often treated as though they were wicked, and wicked people are often treated as though they were good. This is so meaningless!
So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people to do in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them.

Blessings to you, Dr. John.

8:33 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I'm just thinking, but in a comment format.

10:17 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher, Digital Artist said...

I try not to think about what's fair -- unless I'm sharing a sandwich and the OTHER person is doing the cutting!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

It does seem that some people get a bigger share of the pie than others, but as you say, in the end it all works out.

Great thoughts.

2:12 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Good people, nice people get cancer. Bad people, rotten people get cancer. Poor people get cancer and so do rich people.

The psalmist in Psalm 49 tells us that the rich and poor, wise and stupid all die. You can’t get any more equal than that.

Dr John, and that is the One immutable Truth - everything else is relative.
But, the inevitability of death still doesn't make life fair.

3:53 AM  

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