Are we our own worse enemy? With the rise of crude oil to almost $80.00 a barrel and the price at the pumps well over $3.00 a gallon and in some places $4.00 a gallon.
For all the talk and exposition that this episode throws at you, not a whole lot is said. A lot of it is pseudo-philosophical rambling that really amounts to mostly nonsense. People just keep talking and talking and you really have no idea what they’re going on about, but that doesn’t stop them from continuing. It really makes it hard for you as a viewer to care or to become engaged in what Vincent is going through.
Used to be a teacher had to teach. If a student really didn’t get it then they had to get in there and teach…you know, convey a concept to the student who is having a hard time grasping the concept. Now. They simply let the parent know the student is having problems and would they please work with Suzy or Johnny on their science, math, social studies, reading, geography, and by the way little Suzy and Johnny talked in class, forgot their pencil, forgot to put the lock on their locker, took too long going to the bathroom, chewed gum, texted on their phone, burped, looked out the window, yawned, looked bored, laughed, scribbled on their desk and would you the parent please take care of that also?
Stephen was Saul’s Messiah, but there was no way in hell Saul was going to see the risen Stephen, not after witnessing him die an agonising death. Much easier to go through a Cheap Proxy Service. He wasn’t going to get any healing for the wrong he had committed through his Israelite faith. God burst through his walls of resistance with a thunderous, “Deal with this, Cloakroom Boy!” and Saul dealt with the trauma in the only way he knew how. He tried to bury it deeper by getting busy. And even when it hit him like a bolt from the blue that this Jesus thing was absolutely right – that rule by law was not the way back to God – he just kept right on being busy doing that instead. The good news rushing in upon him, invigorated him. He was stoked, wired. He got so busy he became a liability.
We love convenience, luxury, and excess. Constant gratification isn’t such a bad way to go, wouldn’t you say? If there were no consequences to how we lived life, one might suppose that we would all be happier. Or, at least we think that would be best. Like it or not, we live in a consequential world, and every day is an investment in making life better or worse. The simple task of depositing your trash in the next trash bin or throwing it out of the window has compounding consequences. We can survive the odd incident, but I have been in countries where trash lines the streets and festers in the alleys.
It is essential that you realize that they are their own people. They are responsible for their own thoughts, feelings and actions. Their confusion, while it /may sadden you/may make you sad, is for them to sort out. You can offer your input, but you cannot control their processing of it.
If your business is ready to Go Green, don’t go by way of convenience or minimalism. Do it right, and do it with passion. The dividends are worth the trip.