I’m moving so posts will be thin for a few days.
First, thanks to the buyer of the license plate for an amazing $1337. Once again, I am humbled.
Thanks also to all of the folks sending me emails telling me that I am a fraud and a thief and a moral degenerate for doing my estate sale auctions. Yes, I know. I can’t win. If I sell stuff I’m going to hell for being a money-grubbing fraud, and if I don’t do anything I am being prideful in not asking for help when it is needed, and there is nothing that sends a person to hell as quickly and surely as the sin of pride. So, yeah. It’s pretty much existential for me. Waking up breathing makes me a sinner. Please pray for me. Obviously.
And, just so you know, the hits keep on a-comin’. After being told by the phone company that they were charging me a $1200 cancellation fee, the next day the security system company told me that they were going to charge me a $1000 termination fee.
The first punch didn’t quite destroy my kidney. Please, just punch me right there again. It’s cool. I have another kidney, so no prob.
But in all seriousness, this is just a testament to how far gone our culture is, and not just on the macro level. Fifty years ago people would never treat others like this. If someone went broke, or whatever, generally people didn’t kick them when they were down. If contracts became untenable, human decency kicked in and contracts were voided according to A.) common sense and B.) human decency.
This ruthless interpersonal behavior is a direct function of the decent into Marxist-Communism or whatever you want to call this. When human beings are reduced to economic units by the government, that eventually trickles down to the personal level. It is the ultimate irony. Capitalism tempered by Christian culture has a built-in incentive for people to be good to each other – in business it is called “goodwill”, and it is a very real asset. So while the Marxists lyingly claim that they will deliver a charitable, merciful culture, it is exactly the opposite. Marxism makes people ruthless, hard and unforgiving. Capitalism restrained by Christian culture yields the most fertile ground for charitable interpersonal dealings.
The funny thing is, if the security system company would have been cool about it, I would have totally plugged them here on the blog. They really were a good company in terms of their service. After I burned the koran I upgraded and added video surveillance and all the bells and whistles, and it was great. Too bad they blew the opportunity for massive “goodwill”.
And no, I won’t say their name in order to poison their well. I’ll just bear their hardness with a smile – thanks to all of you.
And now, a little jukebox goodness: Bonnie Raitt’s cover of “Runaway”. Heh.