Did you ever know anyone that took up the “tin foil hat“? You know, that is the thing you construct for yourself out of abject fear–just like in the old black & white science fiction movies to protect yourself against the “rays”. I heard about two things today to make me think of it.
1. A state representative from OK confirmed bizarre comments about homosexuality being more dangerous than terrorism. This is something she first said late in April and again during an interview last week. (I think the timing is right). And it’s not the first time that she has been unkind and hurtful in public. She also made racist remarks that caused a tearful apology days later. Maybe the representative is wearing a tin foil hat.
2. The “sacred” posts of the International Monetary Fund (traditionally headed by a European) and the World Bank (traditionally headed by an American) will probably go to emerging and growing economy countries within 5 years. I heard this on NPR while driving to the office. The economists that study these things believe that the future of the global economy is a bit bumpy but will eventually lead us to more economic equality.
I feel a bit “challenged” by the current environment and it is clear that
I am not alone. How’s by you?
The long and the short of it is that trust and confidence is NOT in the tin foil hat, the IMF, WB, developed market economies, emerging market economies, a “good” job, saving money, spending money or anything else. There is “no ground under our feet” which is a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer that Martin Marty used in his blog today. Great blog! That is to say that the things in this realm are not the things we can count on.
When we revile and objectify the other most of the time that comes from the most primal of fears. The kind of fear that encourages us to put on tin foil hats. It is this same blind fear that is so very dangerous to civilization. Instead of seeing ourselves as part of something, we see ourselves threatened by something and as history tells us that can lead to horrible consequences.
What are we to do? Trust and dependence on the things that change with time and circumstance is misleading. Trust and dependence on the God who transcends time and circumstance is the way to put some “ground under our feet”. Do not be afraid, is the message I hear from the God of Love.
Guess I’ll take off the tin foil hat!