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Long before i get interested in becoming wise, i knew not to judge that i be not judged., and i got pretty good at judging the judgments of others, and even tried to do a little work on my own.  Yesterday i fell off the wagon and spewed judgments all over the place including a couple of commentrs on LJ which, thankfully, i got called on.  So i got working on a  more accepting attitude and behavior.  Then the OT reading in church was on David and Uriah.

I started thinking about the Stanford rapist and his victim and ridiculous sentence that the guilty one recieved.  David, we were told, was more than a rapist and murderer.  So what!! i thought; so were Uriah and Bathsheba more than victims.  David certainly deserved more than a slap on the wrist.  I told myself that i was not reallly judging the rapist and the judge
(or David and Nathan) but the "Rape Culture" that surrounded them all.

But how do you judge a culture without judging the human persons who participate in it?  Yes, i've heard the dictum: "hate the sin, but love the sinner;" but i've also seen how poorly that works out in practice.  You may not hate the sinner, but it sure as hell feels and looks like you do,

Then i reflected on the idea that what i can't stand in others is characteristics in myself that i don't want to admit or live with.  Well, i'm  not a murderer or a rapist or a king or a professional judge or a prophet; but like the four men mentioned above (the rapist, the judge, David and Nathan), i do fall way short of the standards i set for myself and if i were more accepting of my own behavior i might be less judgmental about the behavior of others

I just happened* to pick up a pamplet abou a talk by Jean Vanier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, titled "Be Still and Listen" which talks about falling short.  He says we can abandon the goal, or we can get depressed, or we can take note of the discrepancy, accept it, and begin to grow toward the goal.  The remaining 12 pages are suggestions about that growth.  They are couched in Christian doctrine, but the universal wisdom easilly shines through.  I must go read it and start growing again.

* This thin booklet was stuck to the back of another book and fell  to the floor, title up, when i pulled the other book,off the shelf.  I do not remember ever seeing it before.  I openned it up and the name of its owner was on the first page.  The owner was a Catholic priest who was a great favorite of Dianne's.  He left the priesthood (and left town) about thirty years ago.  He must have given it to her before he left.  I guess i did not  neet it until today.

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Jun. 12th, 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
I read the first bit and know man. Don't fucking worry about the EGO. Gotta give in this case, cause it's bigger than you and I.
Jun. 12th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
I hear you (i think*). Thank you.
* (so my ego is bigger than both of us? Wow!)
Jun. 13th, 2016 05:37 am (UTC)
Hey, you like the pasttimes of Krishna?
Jun. 13th, 2016 09:27 am (UTC)
Nathan told David "the sword shall never depart from this house". When David acknowledged his guilt, without excuses, Nathan said that God forgave him -- but he did not say that the punishment was cancelled. As our homilist said, "God is always willing to forgive -- but there are always consequences."
Jun. 13th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. Thank you,
I had forgotten the rest of the sory.
I had also forgotten the unnamed and unnumbered soldiers who died in Joel's attempt to cover up the murder of Uriah.

Your point is well taken.
Jun. 13th, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Jean Vanier seems to have been (is?) one who gave much to the world. I look forward to reading something of his some time. "Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness" seems particularly apt.
Jun. 13th, 2016 08:33 pm (UTC)
Indeed, as will i.
I think he is still with us, though very old by now.
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