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              Wednesday, October 17 2001 

Little murders

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer wrote the screenplay of a 1970's movie named Little Murders. I don't remember much about it or whether I gave it a thumbs up or down review, but I've never forgotten the title. It refers to the concept that in our hearts and behavior we murder some of our friends and neighbors every day. It might have been inspired by the old folk saying, "If looks could kill...." I'm not sure if the movie came after the political rise of Jimmy Carter, but if afterward it might have been inspired by his "adultery in my heart" answer to a Playboy interviewer. It's just as easy to murder as commit adultery. Maybe easier.

Practicing Orthodox Christians pray daily—twice—"Save, O Lord, and have mercy on those who envy and affront me and do me mischief and do not let them perish through me." Wow, I thought on encountering that collect, that's a bit of a stretch, isn't it? But it's been about seven years now and I appreciate it more every day. Or maybe I should confess I appreciate it in the worst sense of the word every day, the sense that means I experience more of its truth day by day.

Every time I yell "son of a b---" at the person who caused me inconvenience or interruption, I'm saying in a literal interpretation of the text, "better you'd never been born," or "your birth was a mistake." I'm of course in no position to say that. Who died and left me a judgeship? Dare I judge the wisdom of God?

It could even be that the one I'm consigning to the potter's field is truly a son of Heaven and more likely it's I who's the spawn of satan. Every time I'm rude to someone, I'm committing little murder, disregarding or denying the other's right to life and its enjoyment. I'm aborting, in my words, what was created to icon my Creator.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

What every true Southerner knows... (last of series)

You should never loan your tools, pick-up, or gun to nobody.

A belt serves a greater purpose than holding Daddy's pants up.

Rocking chairs and swings are guaranteed stress relievers.

Rocking chairs and swings with an old person in them are history lessons.

Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for the day

On matters of style, swim with the current; on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

—Thomas Jefferson


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