Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Good, Bad, and Just Plain Ugly
I'm tempted to mentally write off these people, whom I don't even know, as pigs. It's like another nail in the coffin for particpating in the community at large, and encouragement to develop an insular existence surrounded be people you know, people who are 'good.'
But hope is fortunately provided by the priest, who surmises that if the thieves were people who needed help, "the shrine could have found a way to assist them."
Hm...it's something to think about. What, exactly, would drive those people to rob someone - and a priest, at that? There's a chance that they're just inherently bad. But maybe their lives and thoughts have been shaped by circumstances beyond their control, and their formation has blinded them to the unabashed ickiness of what they've just done. Maybe meeting that priest earlier in life, under different circumstances, could have radically altered life for any one of the thieves. Maybe they still can get the help that the priest thought they could use.
It's people like this priest who keep my pessimism in check.
Posted by The Other Liberal