Tonight, I watched two or three hours of network television with my parents. As always, tonight's viewing provided some interesting insights. On the 10:00 news, Kathy Mykelby, with her short hair and leather top, looked like she was headed for a beer-and-a-shot and pool night at Mo'nas after work. Ironically, despite our diversity, art appreciation does not seem to flourish in the Milwaukee area. Later in the newscast, there was a feature that seemed patently ridiculous. I wish I'd recorded it, as the details are proving so hard to research on Google that I wonder if it was a put-on. Apparently some artist is aiding families facing foreclosure by selling his art and donating the proceeds. They showed one glass dome-encased piece that was supposedly going for $800,000, and I'd swear it looked like a snow globe.
I no longer subscribe to biblical inerrancy, but I do believe in the historical Jesus. Something I do find inerrant is the fact that our society gives attention to the negative. We know every last detail of the lives of mass murderers, but dispute the existence and motives of those who do good--both in our own time and throughout history. Even two thousand years ago, there were "Kathy Mykelbys" who presented a version of reality designed to elicit a certain course of action from the populace. The way to make Kathy's newscast has always been to do wrong. I advocate doing right anyway.