Intended and Unintended Consequences

My Brain is a Lump of Spaghetti

Nothing makes sense. Or maybe it does. And that’s what worries me.

My brain is a bowl of congealed spaghetti. Too many strands — so many memories and convictions — to pull them apart and know where to begin.

I take heart that the video of the lynching of George Floyd under a white cop’s knee has led to greater public consciousness of white privilege and proposals for dismantling the structural racism in which we are trapped.

Wise as Serpents

Experience also tells me that our good intentions sometimes produce unintended consequences. The momentary warmth of good intentions can fool us into thinking the campfire rids the world of ice. Sometimes those who gather around the campfire with the best of hopes get blamed by those who set the forest on fire. Those who intend the good must also be as wise as serpents, which brings me to Robert Reich’s video “Trump’s 2020 Election Strategy in 25 Steps.”

A Narcissistic Arsonist?

What do we do when a narcissist in the Oval Office is an arsonist? It’s happened before. It’s happening again. Watch and listen to Professor Robert Reich.

Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, July 1, 2020.

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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

1 thought on “Intended and Unintended Consequences

  1. Gordon, We have experienced this before. It started in 1933 Germany. It was painful then it is terrifying now, A despot is a despot if fuehrer or President. They both have curly tails and closely related to homo sapiens. But they are still pigs. You know my list: Myth – Hoax; Not Responsible; Not Shipping clerk; Bullying; approaching 100,000 infections a day: killed support of WHO; lowered funding of CDC; Petitions SCOTUS to repeal OCA; informed of bounty on soldiers; lies without mercy; ignorant as a rock, and insane. How does that get repaired? there are many old men who looks like us who think Donnie is wonderful.


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