Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mia Culpa

I made an egregious assumption the other day. You know what happens when you assume? You make an ass out of U and me. I don't think I made an ass of anyone except myself. Sometimes one over thinks and just as over thinking the distance from one dry rock to another, one may take a fall into the mud.

It began innocently enough with reading comments on my friend's blog. This is a sentence I read: "Meanwhile, please forgive me, but I have tagged you for one of those annoying blogging memes."

Well, there is where I went into over think gear associating the comment with a long running philosophical discussion of what is a meme and an oft-sited association to a social virus. Obviously being naive to the greater world of blogging, I missed the mark.

I added a comment on my friend's blog that was sarcastic and stupid. "Gee, Ron, this has my curiosity in gear. Does he mean he wants forgiveness for having tagged you as an "annoying blogging meme" or he still does tag you as such? I'd like an explanation of why he sees you as a meme? Are you a replicator or replicatee? Am I endangered of becoming part of your memeplex? Of course, my site would be dismissed immediately by the memetics because of its faith-based aspects, so be careful, Ron, I’m considered a virus."

I was defending my friend, where no defence was called for. The tagging was nothing but a harmless game where one answered some questions and then passed the questions along to other bloggers - tagged them. My intentions were honorable, but then they say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. It is very easy to slip off the sidewalk or perhaps off one's high horse. In being ignorant, in thinking I was coming out against the derision of my friend, I basically derided another who was not guilty of the first. I broke my own standards.

A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12

Thus we are always learning just how short we do fall from what God expects. This is an example of having a plank in your eye as you pick at the splinter in another's. Too often we ignore that plank, don't we? Often that which we criticize most in others is actually our own biggest fault and we don't see it. I examine myself and examine myself, but just like I proofread and proofread something I write, there always seems to be a flaw overlooked, a mistyped phrase, a misspelled word. Here I find myself trying to be too wise by double and looking quite dumb in the process.

My friend in turn sent me an astrological profile of me which he believes fits me well. I am not a believer or practitioner of astrology. To me this profile is proof of its inaccuracies. Some of what is in the profile, I do believe fits, but those things are flattering and much I have seen in such profiles is just that, flattery. Most of this I don't see in myself at all.

Moody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic.

I won't say what I agree or disagree with. I am curious how I am perceived by others. There are some who read this blog knowing who I am. You know you can comment on these posting anonymously. If you want to say what of this profile is me in your eyes, feel free.

Uh, just remember, it says I am easily hurt. Don't be cruel now, y'all.

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