Something just realized, and so, I have a confession to make: One problem for me in my sorry attempt to communicate applicable truths from my life experience has been not understanding those I am attempting to communicate with. The problem, of course, is mine. Never in my life, that I can remember, have I learned how to convrse personally with anyone — family, peers, strangers — professionally to groups or fellow workers or customers, yes — personally, no…

1. “Who asked you?” Nobody, as I recall. But is it allowed to initiate a conversation? It’s an assumption I am making, apparently, an unwelcome one. Like I said, it’s my attempt to converse, but I’m new at this, and like I said, nobody asked me.

2. People are comfortable for the most part. For this hurdle my recommendation is to watch an uncut version of the movie “Cabaret” (PG). It portrays a society like our own in which people are busy, enjoying their lives, living comfortably, experimenting with different lifestyles, and having no use for anything outside of their lives, lifestyles, or livelihoods.

3. Soft targets/hard targets. Neither are the best “target audience,” because the hardened people have made up their minds, retreated to higher ground, set up their defenses, put on their gas masks, and are totally prepared for battle. On the other hand, the soft “target audience” are either gullible and easily swayed by a dissenting opinion or simply aren’t able to respond with their own thinking on the matter. They are willing to listen but are not responsive, too busy or simply not interested. (Variation of the expression, “they’re just not that into you.”)

Now, to me, there is nothing offensive with any of these situations. One thing that does bother me is that I worry about folks, and on a wider panorama, all the vituperative responses, generally speaking, on the wide range of issues appearing online. It seems to me to be indicative of an underlying condition, an illness, perhaps a fatal disease. On all the platforms available, there is none that I have found which contain more discussing than reacting. I am probably foolish for attempting to interact using any of them. So then, I must think of myself as a fool for Jesus, right or wrong, correct or mistaken, I will continue to venture to reach out, to share the good news of the saving grace found in the Bible, the recollection of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazreth. My attempt is with an open mind (I can hear other points of view). My hope is that someone eventually will hear, or at least try to hear about finding a personal relationship with Him. So, if you’ll pardon me, it’s time for breakfast.

Oh, one more morsel to chew on: Found a mutual problem, including my own: Stuck in our minds are all the children’s stories told to us in our youth. They have become subconscious foundations to our metaphysical perceptions, including our views of the Bible — like the “Apple” and “the Flood.” We have thought of them merely as fables, not history, not reality. Extended out, we have come to perceive the whole Bible as a collection of fables, fanciful recollections of the religiously psychotic. That’s sad.

Born 1950; HS 1968; Born again 1972; Cornell ILR; Steward, Local President/Business Agent; Husband, father, grandfather; winner/loser/everything in between