I’ve had some fantastic, revolutionary, mind-blowing, world-changing ideas for a column this week. Unfortunately, I can’t remember a single one of them, so you’re stuck with these codgertations instead:
• Many a would-be reformer has gone to Washington and developed Stockholm syndrome.
• Some of us would benefit from having fitter bodies and fatter bank accounts, more friends and more accomplishments, but if our lives are aimed primarily at any of those things, we will ultimately be disappointed.
• The warning “For mature audiences only” too often is followed by something that only immature people would relish.
• On the other hand, it’s easy for an advanced degree of fastidiousness to get in the way of helping.
A Christian who’s hyper-vigilant never to be seen in a bad part of town or with people of questionable character or who won’t read or watch anything that isn’t G-rated (spoiler alert: The Bible is not G-rated) is about as useful as a physician who can’t stand being around sick people.
• Contentment and complacency may seem different only by a matter of degrees at first listen, but they’re not even passing acquaintances, much less kissing cousins.
• Similarly, there’s an ocean of difference in restraint and constraint.
• One big question is, “What possessions, activities, habits and commitments enhance my mission?” Another big question, in the spirit of Hebrews 12:1, is, “What possessions, activities, habits and commitments hold me back from my mission?”
• Want to see something funnier than someone trying to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon?
Ask a liberal to explain the Tenth Amendment and watch his head explode.
• Most farmers I know are politically conservative. If they want to help make the case for a less-invasive, more free-market-oriented nation, they can start with supporting the abolition of farm subsidies – including the indirect corn subsidy known as the “renewable fuels” mandate.
• Friends who are attracted to us by our stuff are not actual friends. (See Proverbs 19:4.)
• After studying the issue for 22-plus years, I think I’ve finally figured out why a wife will continue to attempt communicating with her husband in hints and intimations rather than straightforwardly despite his only occasionally picking up on her indirect clues.
Maybe it’s that for a wife to speak in subtleties and have her husband actually understand and respond even occasionally – whether it’s about intimacy, financial goals or just taking out the trash – gives her the same satisfaction that her husband gets from telling her a joke and not having to explain it.
My wife gets more of my jokes than she did 20 years ago. I get more of her hints than I did 20 years ago.
That makes both of us happier creatures.
Contact Daily Journal reporter Errol Castens at (662) 816-1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.