I love to rationalize. It seems that I am not the only one. An excerpt from an extended twitter conversation between friends left an open question. While I was not really part of the conversation, someone had to call things for what it was.
“Does it count if I tweet while STOPPED in traffic?”
“You’re Tweeting while driving too? Good question. Maybe you should stop and ask a CHiP [California Highway Patrol].”
“Tweet = Text. In a car and in the driver’s seat while tweeting = ticket. It does not matter if the car is moving or not.”
“I know, I know…”
I would think that the link between texting, tweeting, and breaking the law was clear (at least in California). I almost wanted to add that since my conclusion “is beyond contradiction, you had better get hold of yourselves.” (Acts 19.36) Yet, something prevented me.
I wonder if my actions are any different. Are my edges obvious to those around me? Is anyone willing to call it for what it is? Will someone stand up and hold another accountable in love?
I candidly do not know. I spoke up then and stood silent as someone berated another unfairly. I took at stand on a favorite subject only to sit idly buy when another issue came up in my presence. In short, I waffled.
I hope that something will change, but I do not know what it will take. I took up the cause of making calls and texting while driving while ignoring some of the other challenging subjects within reach. I ignored the plight of those around me while satisfying my need for comfort. I assumed that problems were being solved, even as those involved struggled to live.
Sometimes, facts are hard to accept. For me, even more difficult, is realizing that just because I accept one fact easier than another, it does not mean that my fact is more important than those I ignore.
In a moment of clarity, I see another’s problem. If only it were that simple with the problems within myself.