The tragic shooting in Roanoke, VA is heartbreaking. Good people, just doing their job and now will not be able to go home to loved ones. It’s awful, sickening, and just what the evil one wants to have happen. Why would anyone do this? It makes no sense, and yet when we take a step back from the chaos, the fog begins to clear.
What is a hero? It seems that the term has changed over time and means something totally different today. When I was a kid, Roger Staubach, was my hero but only in relation to his athletic prowess, nothing more. Today we are seeing athletes, politicians, and now even a transgender person being hailed as a hero. What have they done to be a hero? It seems that the very definition of the term has changed and has lost its meaning in our society.
The old magician’s saying that the “hand is quicker than the eye” is reminiscent of the fog being created by those seeking to push agendas. Recently, I had a lengthy discussion with a friend who jumped to conclusions and drew his own inferences about the perspective of NL Wright regarding the issue of Gay Marriage. NL Wright is a brilliant scholar and his take on this hot button issue is interesting, regardless of which side of the issue you fall. The reaction was one of attack and anger that he was tired of people pushing their religious agendas on others. I found it kind of interesting as his response ended up being exactly what he was accusing me of, when that was never the issue.
The economic situation in Greece is dominating the headlines today as the policies of the Greek Government forced Greece to default on a 1.5 Billion Euro loan payment this past week. The political strife and panic ensuing is disheartening to see, but it is an example of how the concept of entitlements leads to a much more disastrous result that usually can’t be seen when launched. Entitlement programs do not work in the developing world either and we must learn from these examples and get better at “helping people”.