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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Salad Days and Zealous Years

In your zealous years, did you march, rally, picket, obstruct, or otherwise “protest”? Get in trouble? In what ways have your views changed? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 688).

It is human to forgive, but divine to forget. (Heard today in church.)

Now 72, I look back on my “zealous years.”  First off, I would like to say that in many ways I’m more zealous today than ever. This is primarily because I do not have a tendency to worship society’s authority figures to such an extent as I once did. (Maybe this one reason they want young ones in boot camp.) When I was 23 anyone prominent almost without exception had some degree of abeyance from me. Now I have enough self-confidence to realize that an eight-year-old can be 100 times more right than a 47-year-old credentialed expert among most important everyday matters – certainly most ethical questions fall within this realm.

When I was in my 20s I refused induction into the US military because of Vietnam and thus ended up in federal prison. When I was in my 20s I picketed a restaurant that enforced racial segregation. That little incident ended with a car chase and multiple stitches in my lower lip. I don’t mean to over dramatize this, but it is essential to know that eternal verities must be affirmed when this can be a threat to one’s life.

I’m less “athletic and physical” than I once was. But I’m way more sure and determined and resilient in spirit today. How this all washes out in practice is open to question.

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