Blog 1504 – 10.31.2019
In one of my favorite Halloween songs, Werewolves Of London, is the line, “His hair was perfect, Blip.”
Werewolves Of London
Perfect is a blip above all of our pay grades. I submit to you that we are every one of us, The Almighty included, continuous improvement projects. In the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery about to be stoned by a group of self-righteousness men who thought themselves better than her, Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I think the truest meaning of those words has little if anything to do with good, evil or morality in the most common sense. The Greek word translated “sin” means “missing the mark.” Or not hitting the bullseye. In Spanish the word “sin” means “without” the opposite of the Spanish word “sans” or “with.”
What Jesus was saying, I think, was, let he or she who thinks themself a perfect shot, who has never missed the bullseye, take the first shot. He knew that even he could not take a shot at this woman or anyone. One notable thing about Jesus was the only people to ever draw his fire were the pretenders who mistakenly thought themselves better than others. It is not our place to judge anyone not even ourselves for theirs or our misses but just to adjust our own aim and to hit closer and closer to the mark we choose.
It is very possible that the other person might be aiming at an entirely different target in life. It is quite presumptuous of us to assume that because we are aiming at a certain target that everyone else or even anyone else is aiming at the same one. Breath, Relax, Aim, take up the Slack, and Squeeze or B.R.A.S.S. as I was taught in the Junior ROTC rifle program in high school and a little over a year later in Basic Training in the US Army.
I qualified Marksman with an M-14 and later Expert with an M-16 and I am glad and grateful that I never had to aim either of those weapons at a real person. I am not perfect nor have I ever met anyone who was, still no matter how widely a person might miss the mark it is no reason for us to take a shot at them. Elizabeth may not be an angel but she is a strong spirited, wonderful girl. I have gratefully known several of those in this life, boys, women, and men with strong spirits too.
Elizabeth, is NOT a Saint
Saints are perhaps over rated, or in many cases mis-labeled. Nobody’s perfect.
Your friend and fellow traveler,