November 08-A, 2022

Englehard Mooring Reflection 10/30/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — The Outer Banks, North Carolina
The old saw stands the test of time:
"Principles fly in the face of necessity!"

If you don't understand necessity,
and talk, talk, talk
about morality,
and right and wrong,
and good and bad,
and should and ought,
I have nothing to say to you
that you can hear.

What needs to be done in a situation
is the only thing that needs to be known
in the situation.

And need trumps good and right
in every situation.

Morality and ethics have no place
at the table 
where necessity sits.

And, if you have never borne
the burden for indispensable 
goods and/or services,
you don't belong there either.

We cannot talk about good and right
without understanding necessity
from a lived it, done it, know it
point of view.


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.

One thought on “November 08-A, 2022

  1. My mother’s go-to expression was Just do what you have to do, and since necessity is the mother of invention, I think there must be a correlation here!

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