Thursday, August 20, 2009

Preaching the Gospel

"Well, I've lost 2 pounds," the still fat woman said.

"Yeah, but the booze doesn't help," the smoker said.

In recent days, I have come to realize in vivid detail that we, each and every one of us, is preaching our own version of the gospel. Though we never want to listen to anyone else's truth, as they are not us and "don't understand," this doesn't stop us from slathering and blathering our own revealed prophecies to anyone who will listen.

Over and over again it happens - one lady stops another in the grocery store to tout the virtues of St. Ives hand lotion, I overhear someone thinking aloud about their next auto purchase and jump in, shouting emphatically, "Don't buy a Kia. I mean, do what you want, but I have a friend who has one and they're replacing the engine to the tune of $3700.00 less than a year later. Toyota, good. Honda, good." Stepping back later, I was slightly aghast: why did I launch into a diatribe that no one had asked for?

Some of us,

Dennises and otherwise, are revered for our ability to rant, just another word for emphatically shoving our beliefs onto others.

Not to get all preachy on ya, but it all reminds me of that story about the speck and beam.


Julie said...

Amen sistah!! Especially as we age and get more firm in our beliefs and less firm in our bodies to make up for it...

BrideOfPorkins said...

Too true.

Even if I do tend to retreat to the comfort of my inner Den/nises at the end of the day, I've learned more listening to every side of a thing than just sticking to my glue guns, as it were. It's a bitch writing murder mysteries in my usual state of zen, though. I get weird looks when I say conflicting opinions are good. *sigh*

(Toyotas rule. ;) )

Good to have you back, Ari!

Ari said...

Julie: I am fighting a slippery battle to avoid becoming crotchety almost every second now. :)

BOP: Not only do I stick to my glue guns, I try to stick everyone else with them as well.

Also, I haven't completely cured my addiction to cyberrealities (i.e. MMORPGS), but it's abating a little, maybe.

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