Front Porch Chats #106

Little Beast's Pilsner in glass on a table outside

I’m sure I’ve written about Little Beast’s Pilsner before. Maybe not for the Monday blog but it’s a pretty good beer and I’ve been to Little Beast a few times in the last year. It would be weirder if I hadn’t, right?

I am pleased to say that it’s still good. A little spicy in the nose, the finish is very crisp, and it makes me wish I was eating nachos, like any good Pilsner should.

Aliens are going to read this blog someday and hopefully have access to nachos, because they damn well better have access to Pilsner. If you’re going to cross the Andromeda galaxy to come visit the only planet that managed to get a virus to wear shoes, you might as well have some of their beer.

As a former Catholic, it’s pretty easy to believe that there’s something else out there. I hope it’s aliens. God has too many explanations to come up with for me to be happy about the notion.

A good chunk of the reason I’m former is because I was brought up in a faith that said that you should be kind to everyone, and people were unkind to me. A lot. I won’t say that I’m blameless here, but the fact of the matter is that I was certainly old enough to recognize hypocrisy, even if I didn’t know what the word was for that yet.

I know that’s what people like to say about folks like Madison Cawthorn, or Ted Cruz Cruz, or Marjorie Taylor Green or even someone as innocuous as Rep. Liz Cheney.

“It’s not that the believe different things, so much as it is the hypocrisy about it!”

But you know what my experience tells me?

Certain beliefs harm people. It isn’t just the hypocrisy. That’s just how we understand what these fascist assholes are about: preaching freedom or strength without the slightest concern for the least free or most vulnerable among us.

But people take actions-actions that stem from their beliefs.

Which is why I am a former Catholic; it was pretty clear that the actions of the people around me had very little basis in their beliefs. It wasn’t simply the hypocrisy. It was the unkindness that manifested via their beliefs, every day.

I’m not saying that everyone has to be perfect, but people ought to have a code and they ought to try to live it.

And that code ought to lead them to kinder places. When it doesn’t, then they ought to change that code or abandon it. If they don’t do that, well, I suppose at least the rest of us know that they’re not to be trusted.

Because we deserve better.

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