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Naked emperors

Though I feel better than I was feeling last night, I'm still oversensitive and aware of it. When I'm like this, it's not just people I'm oversensitive with, it's everything—light, sounds, temperatures, the works. Usually manifests as being angry at the world, and I know that's no way to be.

Days like these, I'm tempted to call bullshit on almost everyone, to tell them where I think they're being ridiculous, lying to themselves and/or the world, and to tell them to just stop it for the sake of honesty, truth, and not miring the rest of us in manure. I'd like to do that for a day, but I think I'd drive everyone away and hate myself by the end of it. Probably long before the end of it.

Even so, there are a whole lot of little emperors sauntering about without a stitch of clothing on, and I wonder why we humor them.



Those days happen. Feeling a bit that way myself right now, but that's more from sewing using a pattern from the great one Cthulhu as given to us by McCalls. *growl* I love sewing and creating, but it also makes me very short tempered by the time I'm done.

And as to why we humor them...it's much more fun to snicker at their bare butts when they're busy trying to look important and self impressive.

*smacks hand, bad Mika* ;-)
Starting to think my problem is that I actually care about both the people and the truth. I've been beating myself up a bit for not being more tolerant of people, more able to accept them as they are (or as they present themselves). That approach works fine, unless there really are such things as truth and love—truth dictates that not all options are of equal good, and love requires that I want the best for another. If truth and love are real, then the most popular flavors of "tolerance" are thinly-veiled contempt (I wrote about this a bit last year, but I've been forgetting).

That's not who I want to be. Caring may be inconvenient and disruptive, but the alternative is to be unfaithful to who He's made me and called me to be.

(This in no way excuses where/when I'm just mean and nasty; I'm just not wanting to throw the baby out with the bathwater.)
But there is a time when "tolerating" isn't obeying God's Word. Yes, we are to "turn the other cheek" but we're also not to "cast you pearls before swine". It's finding the balance between that's the hard part. There are times you have to play hard ball with people to help them get out of self-destructive behavior and abusing the people around them with their attitudes.

Our Lord was a Lord of Love, but the also said "I come not in peace, but with a sword."

And remember His attitude toward the Pharisees...He was the one to call them a "generation of vipers" to their very face on several occations for their hypocrisy.