Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It had to happen

"It is easy to find fault, if one has the disposition." — Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson

I SUPPOSE it was inevitable that someone would hate everything at the party. A woman sent me an email tonight complaining that: 

1) She had to pay to attend the party where we packed pajamas for domestic violence shelters, so in her opinion she was paying to work (I'm thinking most everyone else thought of it as a donation)  

2) She had to pay to park in the ramp (hey, she could have parked on the street where it's free)  

3) She had to buy her own glasses of wine (I didn't see anyone twisting her arm to drink) 

4) There wasn't enough pizza (I guessed the best that I could. Last year I had 

way too much and ended up donating $250 worth of pizza to the local homeless shelter)  

5) She would have just as soon listened to CDs instead of live music (I thought it helped make the night special.) 

6) And what were all those kids doing there?!?! 

Hmmm. "Those kids" were children who came with moms who are residents at the CFI Family Violence Shelter in Des Moines. You know, "those people" we serve. 

This is a woman who signs her emails with a religious "Christian" aphorism. I had no difficulty in connecting her face with her email. She flounced around the whole time she was at the event, reeking with her self-perceived sense of privilege and self-righteousness. She's a reminder that religiousness does not as a matter of course make someone generous or kind . . . or prevent them from being mean-spirited. Morality does not have to spring from religion. 

It's been a long time since I read the Dialogues of Plato, but I loved them. (One of my very favorite things is a recording of Sidney Poitier reading excerpts from the Dialogues.) Ancient  Greece was the birthplace of Western ethics, and that was BC

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