A Metro Commuter’s Final Fantasy

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Yours truly rides to work in one of these beasts every day. I would like to sit here and pontificate that it’s all for mother Gaia blah blah blah, but it’s not. Sure it’s a nice side effect that I’m not contributing an infinitesimally small amount of pollution to an already hazy Houston skyline, but the main reason I take public transportation to work is to avoid the morass that is Houston traffic.

For this I’m thankful.

This being said, getting into one of these rigs every day has certain disadvantages. One such drawback is having to listen to fellow riders share their most intimate details as they carelessly yak away on their cell phones.

From the tool that shared his secrets on how to lure the ladies into his lecherous lair, to the dear woman who just had to inform her husband (and us all) that she wasn’t going to give him her paycheck. (Girl power!)

To the party girl who thought that sharing her story of her nude adventures with her sister-in-law would add a little sizzle to our otherwise worthless lives. I could do a whole post on the things overheard in fellow riders’ cellphone conversations, but I won’t.

Well there is that guy who calls his entire Contacts list until he settles on someone who is just as bored as he is. By such time, the rest of us are ready to chuck him out the window.

Don’t think for a second that while enduring one of these chats I have not fantasized about owning one of those cell phone jammer things and letting it loose on these public offenders.

Yeah, I know that they’re illegal and that their use carries hefty penalties.

According to this story, “Police put in tight Jam: Cellphone jammers might silence annoying public chat, but they also risk officers’ safety”, the FCC will dock you $11K if you get caught the first time.

Judging by the following bit from the story, I’m not the only who has these fantasies,

Hand-held jammers, which are easily purchased online for about $200, are becoming increasingly common in the U.S., where people are eager to silence chatty public transit users.

Nice to know that you’re not alone…

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Humans Playing God, Episode #412121821

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. –Hebrews 4:12

Just as a sword can be employed in the service of evil, Scripture can be misunderstood and twisted to advance evil purposes (history is littered with such examples).

Even Scripture itself shows the consequences of twisting God’s Word, in that case it led to “Humans Playing God Episode #1.  Lewis aptly tells us the consequences of this particular historical event,

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history-money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

Some refer to the abuses of Scripture as so-called “evidence” that religion (Christianity is the popular target) is evil and thus should be banished from the public square. The words of Augustine suffice when talking to these folk,

Never judge a philosophy by its abuse.

All this to refer to the following article,
“Canadian serial murderer wanted to rid world of ‘evil ways'”

in which a man who murdered six prostitutes and as part of his justification he cited Ephesians 5:5,

In one of the letters, Pickton offers his own interpretation of Ephesians 5:5: “You can be sure that no immoral, impure or greedy person will in-herit the kingdom of God … Don’t be fooled by whose who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him.”

The fact that Paul (who wrote the letter to the Ephesians) was not telling us to take matters into our own hands either escaped Pickton’s notice or not and his actions reflect the depravity inherent in mankind.

Sadly had Mr. Pickton perused Paul’s other writings, such as Romans,

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.

“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (12:18-21)

He might have realized that we are not to take matters into our own hands, even if the offenses are directed against us.

Ironically enough later on in Ephesians (6:17) Paul refers to the word of God as the “sword of the Spirit”, perhaps informing us that just as training (physical and spiritual) is required to effectively use a sword for good, the same must hold true of Scripture.

In a related note there is this story, also from Canada,
“Father killed daughter for not wearing hijab, her friends say”

Not sure where the Qur’an comes out on such matters.