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Staggering around

Well here I am trying to publish my research, ideas, and imaginings, again. To all of you WordPress users, my envious admiration. I admire you for mastering the tools, and I envy because I am mostly lost in the maze. If this screed gets out I have stumbled forward enough to try again tomorrow, or later today.

Why I’m doing this

I get ideas that excite me and I want to share them. I hope to get “Amen’s.” I know I will get some “No ways”, and some “so whats.” I will gladly look forward to some “yes buts,” “I disagree and here’s whys,” and “here is what I think about its.” O yes, and some “your grammar is atrocious,” spelled correctly.

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What’s to Laugh About?

I laughed at this remark, “Now that there is a fence around Washington, can we rename it the national zoo?”

Then I thought, “Can we hope for good leadership from people we don’t treat with respect.” 

Or “Can we hope to have people we respect run for offices we ridicule?” 

I know there is a place for loving laughter at moments that reveal our common humanity. Like the regional accent of JFK. But that does not demean the man or the office.

And there is the unmistakable sign of good mental health when a leader can laugh at himself. 

Like Abraham Lincoln who fired a cabinet member. When he was harshly criticized for it, he compared himself to a farmer whose chickens were being harassed by a family of skunks. He killed one skunk, but the stench was so bad he decided to let the others alone.   

When our laughter is a way of implying that we think someone is a fool, or worthless, we need to listen to what Jesus said,  
“But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:22)