“Here is something that the psychologists have so far neglected: the love of ugliness for its own sake.”~ H.L. Mencken
The lie has made us ugly.
But still we inhale, scrolling through the wireless marketplace where once ideas flourished. Now bullies hang about, kicking over common sense, sending kindness crashing, leaving decency in shards.
What is the lie? First, answer this:
Since when is the vulture our national bird? The predators cheered, the broken hearts jeered–what Kool-Aid has made this okay?
To identify the lie, I’ve peered in the darkness, a virtual entomologist lifting every rock. I’ve squinted through the screen at the trolls, the truth-less, the paranoid, resentful self-pitiers before me. And in me.
I think I know its name, the flattering and infuriating falsehood in the room.
You are superior, you are worthless. You are a god, but you don’t matter. The others must defer to your offended opinion, while you grovel for crumbs of esteem.
What a sea-sickening pendulum of un-grace we swing on. May I offer a humbling cure?
You are little and you are loved. You are limited yet you are empowered. Your life was given to be given away. When you open your heart, you will find what you’re missing. When you humble yourself, your way will be clear.
But first, unfollow the lie.
“Self-love or pride is a sin when, instead of leading you to share with others the self you love, it leads you to keep your life in perpetual safe-deposit. You not only don’t accrue any interest that way but become less and less interesting every day.” ~Frederick Buechner
“And Jesus said: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Have you been sickened lately by the lie?