Monday, January 02, 2012
I awaken on this January twoth, and feel mean . Not drop-kicking kittens into a brick wall mean. The classic meaning. Scrooge mean. We were (unsuccessfully) phished this morning. Our good con friends were NOT, in fact, robbed at knife-point by a gang of thugs. The Dread Dormomoo, who has more cleverness in her little finger than I have in my big finger, searched a key phrase in the email, and lo, Google set us straight. The fact that we, in whom the milk of human kindness flows by the quart in every vein (reference - QUICK!), would have that used against us, as though we were suckers, yokels from whom the fruits of our not inconsiderable labors may be plucked by a scheme playing upon our natural sympathies, sends me around the bend.
"Hmmm..." sez my many reader, "seems a bit extreme to react that way to a scam email."
But wait, THERE'S MORE!
We have been providing shelter for for some months to someone "trying to turn his life around" (Please, I relate this NOT to garner The Praise of Men, or to trumpet "What a good boy am I!!" but rather to provide A Cautionary Tale. Please do not think good OR ill of me for doing so. I am not doing the Pharisee DanceTM). We have in return been lied to voluminously, and perhaps stolen from yesterday. Happy New Year!
I do not go to Vegas. I do not buy lottery tickets. I do not bet on even a sure thing, for I believe in entropy. Yet I have consistently picked losers in the "help them" department. The restauranteur who needed money as a down payment for the building, and did not purchase the building springs readily to mind.
Bah... Humbug. Sucker.
Altruism is a lie. No-one gives for altruistic reasons. Altruism is a concept whereby one giver may feel superior to others because "I give altruistically".
Altruism is a champagne-at-brunch counterfeit of charity, or "agape" as the Greek puts it. The altruist preens when he gives, because he feels superior to the believer who "gives out of duty" or "gives to his church", or "doesn't give to save the gay unborn whales from being nuked".
The agapist gives, yes, because God says to. He gives because of the pressure of Need. He gives because in his giving he provides God yet another pipeline through which to bless. Jesus did not teach "Give and it shall be given to you" so that televangelists may wear Rolexes, or drive shiny purple Cadillacs.
Given this, why do I feel mean? I am hurt. Hurt once too often. Hurt by "it wasn't good enough".
Hurt that I am, apparently a sucker, a straw-gnawing yokel. And I am done.
I'll give to the homeless man, buy a burger for the hitchhiker on the on-ramp, but for now, in answer to the sob story, the pathos, the Tales of Schmaltz, the "more that 25-words plea", my answer will be:
"This is my problem how ?"