Monday, February 13, 2012

Evidentiary Dissonance

One of the (many) problems that I have with bumper stickers is that they so often espouse viewpoints or encourage behaviors that would appear to directly run contrary displayed behaviors of the drivers of those vehicles. Like the “Imagine World Piece” bumper sticker bearing vehicle that cuts you off, the driver of which then flips you the bird. Or the Hummer I see occasionally that proudly (ironically?) displays the “Go Green” bumper sticker.

A new example of this evidentiary dissonance was displayed on the rear of an SUV this weekend. On my way home from an outing this weekend I was behind a vehicle that bore three bumper stickers: “Occupy Somewhere Else!” “Proud Member Of The 99%” and “I’m not jealous of the 1%: A Christian Receives His Reward In Heaven!”

Okay, a bit strange, but at least one consistent theme that would seem to imply that the driver has bought into the biblical proscription against wealth and is willing to wait until after they are dead to get their due. That’s cool!

I don’t personally buy into the theory that all good things come to those who wait. And the idea that the meek shall inherit the earth is, according to most scholarly works on the bible that I have read, probably there because some middle-age revisionist thought it would be a good way to prop-up the ruling class by equating passive adherence to the desires of the crown with salvation.

The implication, however, is that the driver is patient enough to wait until after they have died for their reward. But perhaps I have misinterpreted.

Just as the light was changing to allow us to cross the intersection, an ambulance came roaring through the intersection, lights and sirens blaring, on the cross-street. Out light that had just turned green, went red as the ambulance passed. The SUV lurched forward and then, apparently, thought better of it.

Interestingly, this – presumably patient – person who was willing to wait for the afterlife to get their due was unable to wait for the green to cross the street. He waited for about half the traffic to clear before whipping right onto the cross street, went down a block and pulled a U-Turn.

It was deliciously ironic that the light turned green for me as he was approaching the gore strip before the intersection. He had just turned on his blinker and entered the turning lane as I cleared the intersection. He re-entered the road I was on two cars behind me – three car-lengths behind where he started. This was one place when his supposed patience would have had demonstrable benefit. Too bad he didn’t have the short-term conviction he seemed to be advertising for the long-term.

Wherever you are today I hope that you will behave in accordance with your beliefs.

Don Bergquist – February 13, 2012 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

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