07 December 2010

The Brute in the Housecoat

from Proverbs Twelve

"Whoso loveth knowledge, loveth correction; but he that is brutish hateth reproof."  I feel that this applies to people who deny the scientific evidence against global warming.  Because generally speaking, the evidence is overwhelming in favor of humankind's wanton destruction of our natural resources--knowing this, painful as it is, leads to the potential for correction:  strategies and policies to develop alternative sources of energy.  Responding to knowledge in order to change one's behavior--that is what this line is all about.  Anyway, this is just one example.  There are many such examples and usually, hard as it is, they begin with one party calling another party's truly unethical behavior for what it is and having that first party simply admit it.  "You're right, I'm wrong."  Easy as that.  Placing barriers before our own ability to admit our wrongs--that's the sign of true brutishness.  And it holds us back personally and collectively.

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"A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."  I have to say, I don't know many kinder creatures in all the earth--including humans--than our dog Nathan.  And this despite the fact that in the last two months, when left unattended, he ate a ten pound bag of birdseed (hospitalization required); cockroack and mouse traps (hospitalization required); the full contents of our cool vintage Swiss fondue maker (melted Israeli chocolate).

Here's where that earlier line from Proverbs applies:  "But he that is brutish hateth reproof."  I mean, I showed him the hospital bills but he keeps on doing whatever he wants to do.  Lovable old brute.  I'm certain when we leave for the day that he puts on a housecoat and walks around the house.  Perhaps if we offered him an allowance he'd clean up after himself.  I'll have to consult him about that.

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