July 26-C, 2022

Sundown Clingman’s Dome (Parking Lot) 01/28/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina
An unwavering conviction
about how things ought to be
is the worst thing in the world.
In the universe!

"All things considered"
shifts how things ought to be 
around quite a bit,
and it works out
that how things ought to be 
depends upon the configuration
of variables in the here/now
of the assessment,
and cannot ever be determined
"from afar," 
in some other time and place
and applied willy-nilly 
to all times and all places.

"It all depends" is the closest
we can come 
to how things ought to be.
And we have no business
minding someone else's business,
and need to trust them to know
what is best in their particular circumstances.

And if they decide
they need an abortion,
they need an abortion!
So get out of their way
and let things be what they need to be
regardless of your precious convictions
and moral rectitude.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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