Thought of the day
You know, I’m thinking outloud, which I know is dangerous, and I’m thinking that the Ten Commandments, like the Pirate Code, are really more like a sort of guideline.
I know this isn’t a new thought for me, but in light of the political events of the past few days, with yet another Conservative Christian politician showing off their basic underlying humanity in all its messy splendor, it occurs to me to reiterate.
Life is way too nuanced for a hard and fast code – yes it would make it easier to have black and white rules to live by, but it is utterly unrealistic to think 10 rules apply to all human situations uniformly. All laws are open to interpretation in light of the context of their application.
I’m feeling a strange amount of empathy today for Mark Sanford, when normally what I’d feel is schadenfreud. However, recent events in my own life have newly colored my perceptions – I’ve been where Mark is, but by the Grace of God, without being a politician and without having to contend with and swallow my own high handed moral sanctimony on the upfront. I’ve walked some of this walk and can attest to it’s painfulness.
Rachael Maddow has an interesting few segments on the Sanford Press Conference, and Salon’s Gary Kamiya has interesting article up on the “different” quality of Sanford’s press conference, in terms of perhaps giving a glimpse at Sanford’s humanity.