By Janet Walgren
My how things change as we get older. At least they have changed for me. For one thing, my curiosity has been harnessed into useful areas of inquiry – more like the broken horse I posted about earlier. And yet, I wonder, what is it that causes our curiosity or lack thereof to kick into high gear?
The following is an excerpt from my journal when I was 31, divorced and dating a certain man of interest. Unfortunately, I had snooped in his journal and had some repenting to do:
With the easy obstacles of the day out of the way, I was free to concentrate on the “big one.” Rick is a super terrific, dynamite guy that I really like a lot. I was up at his house last Saturday and I read some pages in his journal, unlike my text books, and tonight was the night to repent. Talk about courage, it really took a lot. Thoughts kept popping into my mind all day. Thoughts like, I hope he doesn’t get angry; He will hate me forever; I hope he keeps his sense of humor… most of all I just wished that I hadn’t read his journal.
Rick was such a sweetheart about the whole thing. When I told him that I had done something I shouldn’t have done, he said, “You’re not going to bring me any more food?”
I said “No it’s worse than that, and I hope you will forgive me. I read some pages in your journal.”
Rick grinned with amusement and exclaimed, “Alright! You finally got curious enough to read my journal! See, you’re human and you’re a snoop just like the rest of us!”
I had been fasting and praying for two days for him to take it well and he did. He was so neat, I just couldn’t believe it. He did; however, go get a front page which had been separated from his journal and show it to me. The page said something like, “This is personal; It is none of your business. Keep Out!”
Anyway, this is a season of political campaigning including lies, slander, oppression and suppression of truth. It seems that I get spammed with a deluge of political hate emails on a daily, even hourly basis. One defamatory email that was delivered to two of my in-boxes had been sent to me by several individuals. It was marked “URGENT!!!!!” The email started:
This is very interesting – please take a few moments and read it.
Who is Barack Obama? Something that should be considered when you make your choice. If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward this to all your contacts… it is very scary to think of what could lie ahead for us here in our own United States… better heed this and pray about it and share it. We checked this out on snopes.com. It is factual. Check for yourself.
Well, I think that the person that created this email was not counting on anyone actually checking out snopes for themselves. It’s a well known fact that we are a bunch of lazy snoops who delight in gossip and slander, otherwise how could the “entertainment” rags survive? Well, I did check it out and found that the slanderous email was not factual. I did a “Reply All” to the persons who sent me the email:
Apparently the person who sent this to you didn’t click the link to snopes and check this out. All you have to do is click the link and put “Barack Obama” in the search box. The truth of the matter is that the allegations in this email are FALSE.
Although I am not for Obama, I believe that the hysteria and disinformation that unfortunately surrounds all political campaigns is a disservice to our country and a danger to our freedom. Americans need the best candidates on both sides of the isle that the U.S. has to offer and lies won’t get us that.
I also believe that we need to carefully evaluate party platforms and pertinent issues to make a wise informed decision on election day. Perhaps we would do well to talk about platforms and issues in a non-partisan manner to arrive at the best solutions.
And now I ask you, what is it that causes our natural human tendency toward curiosity to shut down and morph into a brainless frenzy of mass hysteria at election time? This is the time that we should be becoming Super Snoops! It seems to me that we should be investigating every facet of every candidate to determine who is best qualified for the job. What is their background? What is their experience? What is their track record? Do they understand the job description? Will they uphold the Constitution? Are they honorable? Will they appoint wise, honorable, experienced, good individuals to rule over us?
Now is the time to be extremely curious! NOW is the time to SNOOP!!!
I personally believe that anyone who knowingly, and deliberately puts forth slander and campaigns with lies should be guilty of treason. America deserves better.