Does saying that you’re a good cook make you a good cook? You can say it until you’re blue in the face but unless you can prove it, it isn’t a fact. Am I right?
I’m thinkin’ the same logic would hold true for someone that say’s, “I’m a good Christian/Catholic/Baptist/Jew/Muslim/Buddhist/Atheist/Methodist/etc.” You can talk about and/or write about your goodness and your devotion to your chosen Deity but unless you’ve proven it, why should I believe you? In turn, if you have to point out your “goodness” to various and sundry, are you truly being good?
In my humble opinion, I believe if you have to say you’re good and/or feel the desire to list all your good deeds on a frequent basis, you might not be as benevolent and righteous as you might want me to believe.
Sam Bourne, the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland wrote a book, “The Righteous Men”. It’s one of my Dollar Store finds and is an excellent read. The premise is based on Jewish belief that there are 36 righteous men in the world and it’s the goodness of those men that keep the world from ending. The men don’t have to be men of great devotion or belief. They don’t even have to belong to The Birth and Resurrection Society – they don’t even have to believe in any God(s). The 36 are truly good and will sacrifice, do something beneficial for others, right a wrong, etc. out of the goodness of their heart and they don’t expect recognition or profit in return. The 36 are unknown, even to themselves.
I like this myth, story, belief, a lot. I helps me to understand that even though our planet is batshit crazy right now, there might be, no matter how few, some truly good, decent people in the world. And the Goddess knows, they must be workin' their butts off!
Really, I need to have the belief that goodness and righteousness will prevail after reading about Bank of America, the I.R.S., how much our Prez’s vacation is going to cost us (and we won’t even get a t-shirt!) and the death by a thousand cuts that Paula Deen is facing. She is a GOOD cook, that’s a fact!
Please do not think that I’m going to defend Ms. Deen’s words or actions because I think using the “N-word” is appropriate. It’s not and neither is using any other derogatory term for other races, nationalities or religions. But, I do want to see someone of ANY race – white, brown, black, - that hasn’t used the “N-word” at least once in their life. I’m also curious to know, if Ms. Deen had called one of her staff, “a faggot” or “a fat bitch/bastard”, would this kind of media-thrashing have gone on? Paula made an error in judgment. She used words without thinking. Yes, they were hurtful words, they stung but they didn’t kill. Human beings make mistakes. I also think that African-Americans calling each other that word isn't right. Mulder doesn't like to be called, "Wop" or "Guinea" by anyone, especially another person of Italian descent.
Is Paula Deen a truly good person? I dunno. She seems nice. She’s done amazing things for butter. Should she be persecuted on television, in writing and online for outdated notions or un-P.C. language? No, she shouldn’t. Nor should anyone else unless somehow their words are intentionally spoken to hurt or defame.
Those that want to throw “stones” at another that has made a mistake or even if it’s only a mistake because she got caught, look inside yourself. Go to your heart of hearts and determine if you can find a truly righteous person in there. Can you toss that stone without guilt? If you can’t, then come join me in chucking some rocks at Bank of America or the I.R.S. It’ll do your soul good, 'cause NO ONE is as rotten to the core as BofA! NO ONE!
(Well, maybe the I.R.S.)