03 January 2010

Tell me what's wrong with this

Warning Faux

My question would be why is "forgiveness and redemption" more important than "compassion" as a general tone. Isn't compassion pretty much what those two come from? And if that's what you're worried about, then yes, Buddhism does offer those things because it is, as Christianity is supposed to be (but often isn't in both cases), a philosophy that centers around caring about people and things. Forgiveness is a central aspect of long-term relationships, assuming people want to have them. Which they would if they have compassion. A quality they don't if they have a party line hack understanding of other faiths or ethical paths as somehow lesser interpretations that projects as "I am holier than thou".

I don't think the rest of the world should give two cents about needing to "forgive" Tiger Woods. The only people who might are his family (or possibly his mistresses), because nobody else was "wronged" by his actions and nobody else had a real relationship founded on something with him that was shown to be misguided by all this mess. Our "relationship" as a public audience was based around watching him play golf and do commercials and had nothing to do with his private life and self. He was not a "public" figure in the sense that his activities had larger impacts through laws or activism or even as an exemplar for anything other than being really, really, really, good at something (something other than having sex with multiple different partners whilst having a very large public image and somehow keeping that information from each partner, one of which was his wife, in and of itself a strangely noteworthy achievement if not one that he should feel justly proud of). All of which makes "redemption" pretty easy to attain when one is a celebrity who is famous for actually doing things at a high level like winning major golf tournaments as opposed to some random bum who cheated on his wife and who we are supposed to somehow feel a greater kinship for because he found Jesus afterward (rather than seeking atonement directly at the source of his conflict with the parties offended by the act of infidelity and misplaced trust). I personally mistrust such assertions of faith as a source of "forgiveness and redemption" because they smack of the plenary indulgence methods of the Middle Ages. I don't see that accepting religious faith makes you somehow instantly a better and nobler person. Especially if it then becomes an excuse to resume being an asshole. A sentiment like this: "Saturday sinners Sunday morning at the feet of the Father" does not impress me as ethical practice worthy of redemption. And it is pretty commonly the path being taken that I see. Not surprisingly, the path that they should be taking is the next two lines.
"They need somethin to rely on, we get high on all types of drug
When, all you really need is love"

In no scenario is it necessary for him to become "a great example" for the world by converting a chosen faith (or even a lack thereof) into one approved by Faux News commentators to achieve either forgiveness or redemption. Pretty much all that will happen to attain either is he and his family will have to figure out what happens on their own, privately and without our proselytizing, and Tiger will eventually have to pick up some golf clubs. And that's it. Most likely scenario: Woods doesn't care about "forgiveness and redemption" and Brit Hume confirms his babbling idiot status.

Update: Amazingly, Hume didn't even have to make us wait very long to confirm the second part of my prediction. He went on O'Reilly and failed to understand the definition of "proselytizing" as something he was doing on air (and then continued to do on O'Reilly's show).
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