Sunday, February 20, 2011

Reckoning


Do you not know that we will judge angels? Then why not everyday matters?
– 1 Corinthians 6:3

My life’s so common it disappears.
– Paul Simon

Do you ever read something in the newspaper that makes you mad enough to kill? You’re probably not going to admit it. But think about this: Some animal murders his ex-girlfriend after stalking her for years. Everyone sees it coming, but all she can do is take out restraining orders. Like that would do anything. You’ve read something like that, haven’t you? She hasn’t done anyone any harm. He goes to jail, and she’s terrified of what he’ll do to her when he gets out. And he always gets out, because the people who are supposed to put him away don't do their jobs. Come on, now – come clean with me, here. She can’t protect herself – can’t go after the man or the cops will catch her right away. Cops are protecting the wrong people all the time, and you know it. She has to wait until it’s too late. You read a report like this, and you think how easy it would have been for someone completely random – from another area, with no connection – to just do that lady a simple, anonymous favor, and save her life. Yes, you do.

Now maybe it isn’t someone in the paper. Maybe it’s someone from a long time ago. But still, someone you know about. And you’re sure that right now, he’s making life hell for an innocent woman. He is evil, and dangerous, and it would actually be a good deed – nothing to be ashamed of – to go out, find him, stop him, and come home like nothing’s happened.

It isn’t crazy, is it? It isn’t crazy at all.

Well, I knew someone like that. And I did what I had to do.

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