Every so often, we might take an honest look in the mirror and think, “What is wrong with me? What evil have I done? How terrible I can be!” This shocking awareness happens to a moderately wise person often. We know it is true for others, and a general concept to provoke most of us throughout life. Only the
truly insane, can say, “No wrong have I done. No evil shall I ever do.”
Even with good counsel — sometimes because of it — we still manage to make mistakes. We always hope our errors will not be fatal, but we realize there are times we are poorly self-governed. In fact, among the ironies of our human situation, it is often our own mistakes that mean the most in learning to ask, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?” – Thomas Jefferson
We show a special kind of stupid when we ask others to rule over us, or dictate their ideas . . . especially of right and wrong.
“God, please don’t make me responsible for damaging or destroying the lives of 320,000,000 of my countrymen. And please, please, please don’t let any liars, legislators, and lawyers in Washington govern and gamble with my conscience, our nation’s honor, or our grandchildren’s future. Especially not just to get a leg up on the other Party. Amen, and Amen.”