The Snoop Patrol

I’ve had a bunch of Heroes over the past 85% of a century.  I’ve listed a few before and it occurs to me that had I been privy to the personal side of those lives, my list might be much shorter.  With all the social media and invasion of one’s personal life, there isn’t much chance that too many of us would pass muster.  I have decided that I do not need to know every little thing about anyone.  I don’t know every little thing about every member of my immediate family.  They don’t know every little thing about me, but they think they do, donchaknow.  Former students and friends have been very kind in overlooking my shortcomings, but those who see and are present with me everyday, get a full dose of mediocrity. Familiarity is a Bummer.  I love a mystery and have no desire to read the last page first.  I  watch some documentary that exposes the private lives of public figures and it shames me.  It’s like sneaking up and peeking through their window.  I remember when society condemned ‘Peeping Toms”.  Other than abuse, I believe there are some things left “Private”.  Reporting today is what we called, “Yellow Journalism” back yonder. Participating in gossip shames my spirit, yet there is strong appeal in doing so.  Every time I succumb, I feel a bit soiled in spirit.  My only preventive measure is to think on purer things and look at the ‘log’ in my own eyes.  The Apostle Paul says it best in his letter to the Philipians. In the NIV version, Chapter 4:8:

“8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Snooping would lessen if we all did so.  That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

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