Monday, October 26, 2009

Things that make you go hmmmm....... (10-26)

Tag on an SUV in a parking lot: "IN A TRAP"

One wonders if that refers to ownership of a vehicle whose mileage might well be draining the resources of the owner and prompting fearf as to what will happen when the next gas price hike occurs. Or perhaps it's a reference to a mindset that cannot (will not?) come to grips with the new reality the world faces: our addiction to petrochemicals is killing us and the time to get off the stuff is now.

Then there's the bumper sticker on the Hummer in the parking lot of Borders at the Winter Park Village shopping center: "So how's that 'CHANGE' and 'HOPE' working out for you?"

Don't you just love smug, self-satisfied Winter Park? I often say it's such a beautiful little town (little in just about every way including its collective mind and heart) and it's a shame the folks who live there can't pull their heads out of their asses long enough to see it.

Oh, as for the question, the change is working out well not just for America but for the rest of the world. Ask the Nobel Peace Prize folks. Ask the American people who have hope for the first time in a long time that they might actually be able to be medically treated when sick or injured. If nothing else, ask people like me who no longer have to grimace and frantically reach for the radio dial each time the president of the United States speaks in public. If nothing else, an administration which values diplomacy over costly invasions, which tells big business it cannot continue providing a gravy train for its execs at the expense of the American public and which consistently articulates its vision in complete sentences properly using the English language (unlike the producer of the bumper sticker of the former administration) gives me hope.

Yeah, buddy, that change is working out just fine for all of us.

The Rev. Harry Scott Coverston, J.D., Ph.D.
Member, Florida Bar (inactive status)
Priest, Episcopal Church (Dio. of El Camino Real, CA)
Instructor: Humanities, Religion, Philosophy of Law
University of Central Florida, Orlando

If the unexamined life is not worth living, surely an unexamined belief system, be it religious or political, is not worth holding.

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