9/19/2009

Let those who have ears to hear, hear.

“The easiest way to get 15 minutes of fame,” Mr. Obama said, “is to be rude to someone.” From an article in The New York Times quoting President Obama.

In the swirl of rudeness out there in blog land, even we in the Anglican and Episcopal blogsphere are not immune. Worse, of course, even PRELUDIUM, whose sense of decorum is second to none, is given occasionally to rude behavior.

If so it is "by my fault, by my fault, by my own most grievous fault." (Remembered from days as an acolyte at the Cathedral in New Orleans and used ever after.)

And yet, we must remember that while it may appear rude to catch people out in their lies, the fact is, they lied. If it appears rude to point to writings that indicate collusion in an attack on the office of the Presiding Bishop, the fact is such collusion has taken place.

Years ago I insisted over and over that the Archbishop of Canterbury needed to make a statement concerning his conversation with then Bishop Duncan and others who met with him. The question was whether or not he suggested or encouraged the development of a network of "confessing" Anglicans. It was rude to ask. And, when the answer finally came, it was clear that the matter had come up and he had not squashed it.

The thing is, President Obama is right. Every act of rudeness, whether or not it was justified by the search for truth, gives a moment of fame. Fifteen minutes is for most occasions too long. Judging from this little blog, those moments of rudeness in the search for some part of the "truth" got the blog a two or three day spurt of interest. And then things returned to normal.

What we need, I think, is not rudeness (even in a good cause). What we need is simple questions asked as people without guile. I've always liked Jesus' description of Nathanael, "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" I've always thought I'd like to be seen as someone "in whom is no guile." It won't happen.

Still, it will be helpful in the days ahead to be able to ferret out the truth without guile. It is a goal to work for.

We've had quite enough of those seeking 15 minutes fame.

7 comments:

  1. In today's languange:

    "my bad, my bad, my most def bad"

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  2. Mark, my recent blogging lesson learned is to ask myself if I would say the same words I was typing about another person, if I was looking that person in the eye.

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  3. (Remembered from days as an acolyte at the Cathedral in New Orleans and used ever after.)

    Mark, are you originally from New Orleans?

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  4. Grandmere Mimi...I lived in New Orleans from 1953-1962, all my teen years and then a few. Went to Tulane. Was in the Civil Air Patrol with Capt. David Ferry (later mixed up in the circle of things related to Lee Harvey Oswald. The Cathedral was our parish home and I am probably a priest because of the spiritual effect of serving on Saturday mornings in the chapel with an ancient Canon: low people on the pecking order.
    At Tulane Fr. Donald George was chaplain and he and Fr. Terry Holmes pointed me on down the path.
    Not that we can blame them, actually, but still....

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  5. Mark, I did not know that.

    What years were you at Tulane?

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  6. I wish you would practice what you preach. You are rude, provincial, and a front man for every crazy in the church. Thought I'd give you something to erase. Your "self piety" is a scandal. George

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  7. ... and I've heard for a fact that you've indulged in square dancing whilst in a round room - but Anonymous George was too graciously polite to mention that,

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